The ICSA has warned farmers to gain a tighter grip on finances and become sustainable, in order to help the country meet climate change targets.
This was the word yesterday, as ICSA general secretary Eddie Punch met with Denis Naughten, Minister for communications, climate action and the Environment. Mr. Punch then delivered the message that farming should not be framed in negativity about climate change. He said the ICSA strongly believe that the food production sectors should be promoted, in areas where it is efficiently carried out. .
“ICSA strongly believes that food production should be promoted in areas where it is done efficiently. Equally, farming must be financially sustainable. Farmers can contribute positively to climate change mitigation through sequestration and through renewable energy.” said Punch.
He then said in order for this to happen, policies must be put in place at EU and national levels.
“Therefore, we must have policies at EU and national level that deliver greater use of renewable energy produced by European farmers in a sustainable way. “ he said.
He said we all need to back up all sustainable beef and dairy producers in Ireland and called for
the rejection of the proposal to reduce stocking rates, calling it “absurd”.
£We need to stand over sustainable beef and dairy production in Ireland and reject the absurd notion that reducing livestock on Irish farms does anything to help the climate when all we are doing is relocating production to other parts of the globe.” he said.
He said if the EU wants sustainable food and energy systems in place, then we must first ensure the financial sustainability of farmers.
“If we want farmers to contribute to more sustainable food and energy systems, the first and most important requirement is to ensure that farmers are financially sustainable. Farms which are viable can re-invest to make their farms even more efficient.” he said.
He said this can be done with the introduction of policies, which support EU farmers in trying to achieve this.
“Policies which support EU farmers can achieve this; policies which further undermine the viability of farms are a road to nowhere.” he concluded.