IFA calls for protection of competitiveness and growth in agri-food sector

SPEAKING after an intensive IFA lobby of Government TDs and Senators from across the country, IFA President John Bryan said, “The current negotiations taking place between the Government and the European Commission, regarding the threshold levels when carrying out land improvement works must be workable and not impose additional bureaucracy and costs on famers.”

SPEAKING after an intensive IFA lobby of Government TDs and Senators from across the country, IFA President John Bryan said, “The current negotiations taking place between the Government and the European Commission, regarding the threshold levels when carrying out land improvement works must be workable and not impose additional bureaucracy and costs on famers.”

Mr Bryan said, “The Commission must facilitate reasonable threshold levels that do not put onerous obligations on farmers in Ireland, over and above their European counterparts. Ireland is an exporting nation and farmers depend on equivalency of standards when it comes to interpretation of environmental regulations. It would be very wrong of the Commission and the Government to impose levels that would lead to farmers deciding not to improve their farms. This would be bad for farming and the future competitiveness and growth of the entire agri-food sector.”

IFA National Environment and Rural Affairs Chairman Pat Farrell said, “The Association continues to lobbying on the issue, and will hold their TDs and Senators responsible for ensuring the delivery of a workable and practical solution.”

Mr Farrell concluded, “It is essential that additional layers of cost and compliant measures are not imposed which further sterilise productive farm land.”