New Agriculture Minister congratulated

IFA President John Bryan has congratulated Simon Coveney on his appointment as Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food.

IFA President John Bryan has congratulated Simon Coveney on his appointment as Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food.

“I want to wish the new Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore and their colleagues in the cabinet well as they face the challenges ahead. I look forward to working with the new Government.”

John Bryan said during the election campaign IFA had set out in detail the European and national issues that need to be addressed for the agri-food sector to play its role in the country’s economic recovery.

Mr Bryan said one of the immediate priorities is the threat posed by the Mercosur talks, which is of huge concern to beef and livestock farmers in particular.

John Bryan said Minister Coveney must also prioritise the immediate re-opening of the AEOS Scheme for farmers leaving REPS3 to allow farmers to make applications well in advance of the mid-May deadline.

“Farm schemes make up a significant part of farm incomes and are crucial in stimulating the rural economy and supporting jobs. The new Government must ensure the farm schemes remain in place to maintain our productive base, which will be an important element in fulfilling the growth potential of Food Harvest 2020.”

Concluding, the IFA President said he looked forward to holding early discussions with the Minister to progress the many issues affecting agriculture.