Proposed Microgeneration Scheme a Missed Opportunity

IFA Environment Chairman Paul O’Brien said the barriers to farm based microgeneration must be removed from the proposed Microgeneration Support Scheme (MSS).   “The scheme as currently proposed won’t work. The scope needs to be widened,” he said.   IFA has made a detailed submission in response to the request for consultation on the proposed […]

Ulster Bank Cannot Throw Farmers To The Vultures

IFA President Tim Cullinan said that Ulster Bank cannot sell its loan book to a vulture fund.   “It’s estimated that there are 10,000 farmers with borrowings from Ulster Bank, and a further 10,000 availing of current account facilities. Ulster Bank must make a commitment that it will not to sell its loan book to […]

Farmers Face €40m Clawback On Flawed Beam Scheme

IFA President Tim Cullinan said IFA held a constructive and frank discussion with the Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue and his senior officials yesterday on the 5% reduction requirement in BEAM scheme. “There are 18,000 farmers currently not achieving the reduction, which could see these farmers having to hand back as much as €40m out […]

New incentives for Farmers to Invest in Farm Safety Equipment

IFA National Farm Business Chairperson Rose Mary McDonagh has welcomed the inclusion in the Finance Act 2020 of updated Accelerated Capital Allowances for farm safety equipment.   The new scheme allows for 50% capital allowances per annum for two years for eligible equipment. Eligible equipment includes chemical storage cabinets and anti-backing gates, as well as […]

IFA Potato Chairman Says Retailers Are Causing Food Waste

IFA Potato Chairman Thomas McKeown has called on all retailers to recognise the work of potato farmers and to consider the economic sustainability of the Irish potato sector.   In recent weeks some retailers have raised the specs on potatoes to unattainable levels. This is hitting producer incomes and leading to high levels of food […]

Farmers set to take the biggest Brexit hit – IFA President tells Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture

Addressing the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture this afternoon, IFA President Tim Cullinan said regardless of the final outcome on Brexit, Irish agriculture and Irish farmers stand to lose out most.   “Whether or not a limited deal is achieved, the impact will be a deterioration of trade – what is at issue is the degree […]

Failure of Glanbia to increase price this month is further evidence that farmers are carrying processors – IFA

IFA Dairy Chairman Tom Phelan said that the analysis published by Teagasc and CIT claiming Irish dairy farmers are the most profitable in Europe is flawed in that it does not include the cost of the farmers own labour or land.   “This makes a mockery of the cost analysis. We all know that farmers […]

Correspondence shows CCPC dancing to the Beef Barons’ Tune

IFA President Tim Cullinan said that some of the correspondence released under FOI to ‘The Currency’ yesterday shows that the CCPC were dancing to the meat industry’s tune by trying to stymie any attempt to get a better return for the farmer. “They failed to act on hundreds of complaints from farmers, but sprang into action […]

IFA Reaction To Programme for Government – Long On Words But Short On Numbers

IFA President Tim Cullinan said the Programme for Government has positive aspects but lacks clear commitments on budgets and spending. “Overall, while there are lots of words, it lacks hard figures,” he said. “In implementing the programme, farmers will be looking to this Government to support farming and bring forward climate action measures that are […]

IFA Urges Consumers To Celebrate Strawberry Season & Support Irish Producers

IFA President Tim Cullinan has urged consumers and retailers to support the Irish strawberry sector – a vital indigenous industry worth €47m at farm gate, with 57 growers producing over 8,000 tonnes annually. Roadside sales are expected to commence this weekend. Growers have put measures in place in ensure the safety of all staff and customers. […]

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