Birr farmer, William Reid, has been re-elected chairman of the Offaly branch of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA).
Mr. Reid was re-elected at the Offaly ICSA AGM which took place in Tullamore recently where elections to the ICSA National Executive also occurred. Donal Coughlan (Belmont), Michael Molloy (Tullamore) and Michael Smith (Daingean) joined William on the National Executive.
Guest speaker at the AGM was ICSA President, Gabriel Gilmartin. Mr. Gilmartin outlined all the latest information with regard to the CAP.
Mr. Gilmartin promised to ‘fight tooth and nail’ for farmers in the county.
“I will ensure that the Single Farm Payment of the active farmer is fully protected. We feel that the current proposals from the EU on CAP are too radical and too disruptive and will cause major heartache for farmers. The 2014 reference is simply unworkable in its current format and we cannot rest easy until changes are made.
“There is an old adage-if ain’t broke then don’t fix it- which springs to mind with this reform. It seems to us that the reform proposals betray a complete lack of understanding of the Irish farming scenario,” he concluded