Offaly farmers seek abolition of Carbon Tax

OFFALY members of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) have this week called for the abolition of the Carbon Tax on marked green diesel as it is having a crippling affect on the Irish farming industry.

OFFALY members of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) have this week called for the abolition of the Carbon Tax on marked green diesel as it is having a crippling affect on the Irish farming industry.

As prices continue to rise in pumps due to the spiralling costs on the price of crude oil attributed to the worsening conflict in the Middle East, the knock on results have resulted in enormous pressure being put on Irish farmers.

According to the ICSA, the Carbon Tax, which was introduced in 2010, on average places an extra 3.9 cent on to every litre of fuel. Green diesel now stands at over 90 cent per litre and farmers say this is having a detrimental effect on the industry.

William Reid, Offaly Chairman of the ICSA, commented, “The situation has now reached breaking point for Offaly farmers. Every farm uses agri marked diesel and as prices increase, farmers continue to lose their competitiveness. Agricultural contractors in particular are going to be put under significant pressure; this in turn will lead to a greater cost on the farmer as the difference will be moved to the customer too.

“The incoming Government has a made a recommendation to exempt green diesel from any further Carbon Tax increases and while we broadly welcome that, we feel that a full abolishment of the tax is what is required to eases the financial burden on the Irish agri sector.”