Healy calls on trade to support Tillage farmers


The IFA president, Joe Healy, has called for the trade to support Ireland's Tillage farmers.

Healy calls on trade to support Tillage farmers

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The IFA president, Joe Healy, has called for the trade to support Ireland's Tillage farmers.

He wants this to be shown through strong grain and protein prices this harvest time.

Mr, Healy said the recent market upturn has to result in better prices for tillage farmers, with the number of Irish cereal plantings down for the fifth year in a row.

Healy says this is because farmers are struggling with a combination of problems such as low prices, falling direct payments, expensive inputs, and increased compliance costs down to greening.

Healy said the onus is now on merchants and co-ops to compensate tillage farmers, and says the trade must identify that without viable prices that the native grain cannot be guaranteed.

He said “In light of the extremely difficult harvest last year, there is an onus on merchants and co-ops to appropriately compensate tillage farmers for the high-quality grain they produce. The trade has to recognise that without viable prices, the strong local supply of native grain they depend on to support Ireland’s export orientated livestock, dairy and drinks industries cannot be guaranteed.”

Liam Dunne, who is the IFA Grain Chairman, stressed the need for better prices, "The latest figures from the Department of Agriculture show the downward trend in in land-use for crops has continued this year, with a drop in area planted for all cereals. Over the last four years the area sown to cereals has fallen by over 100,000ac and this trend will accelerate unless there is a rapid improvement in the income situation."

He continued by saying yields will fall below 2m tonnes for the first time in five years, “Unless we see phenomenal yields, it is unlikely we will surpass 2m tonnes this harvest. This will be the first time since 2012 we have fallen short of that figure.”

Liam Dunne said grain growers need a minimum base price near to €145 per tonne for barley, and close to €155 per tonne for wheat this harvest, to be able to hold a moderate standard of living and ensure the future of the industry.Â

He concluded by saying the IFA expect an uplift in prices to coincide with the recent market upturn,“Following an IFA campaign last year, huge numbers of livestock and dairy farmers insisted on native grain in their feed rations and as a result there has rarely been so little grain in storage. We expect to see the recent uplift in forward prices continue with upward trends in prices this harvest,”.

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