IFA meet Tanaiste on proposed Mercosur deal to bring more beef from Brazil

IFA President Tim Cullinan held a meeting with the Tanáiste and Minister for Trade Leo Varadkar yesterday, at which he insisted that the Government must reject the proposed EU Commission trade deal with the Mercosur countries including Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.  “By any measure, the Mercosur countries, particularly Brazil, have failed to meet the […]

Phantom Farm and Processor names used by Retailers are a Disgrace – IFA

IFA’s campaign against the branding policy by retailers has been expanded to highlight other food products which use fictitious names. IFA President Tim Cullinan said it’s time to call retailers out. “They are using their own brands to drive down the prices they pay to their suppliers. These brands displace well-established ones that return a […]

Aldi Continues to Mislead Consumers – IFA

IFA President Tim Cullinan said the statement issued by Aldi today refers to their milk brand as ‘Clonbawn’.  This is misleading as the brand they use on their milk is actually ‘Clonbawn Irish Dairy’. There is no such dairy. Aldi go on to list the Irish dairies and co-ops they work with. Why can’t Aldi […]

Accelerated Rollout of National Broadband Needed to Equip Farm Families

Speaking after a meeting with the CEO of National Broadband Ireland, IFA National Treasurer Martin Stapleton has called on the Government to accelerate the rollout programme to rural areas. ‘Rural dwellers, farmers and rural business owners need access to high-quality broadband. While the rollout of the national broadband programme is to be welcomed, the current […]

Bank of Ireland Closure of Branches a Slap in the Face for Rural Ireland – IFA

IFA President Tim Cullinan said today’s announcement from Bank of Ireland is very disappointing news for farming and rural communities. “This comes as a slap in the face to farmers and rural communities who rely on local branches for banking services. We estimate that over 80% of the branches identified for closure are in rural […]

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 new scheme.  […]

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 adaptive […]

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 waste. […]

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 of […]

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