An IFA delegation has today set off for Brussels with representatives from the IFA’s Grain Committee.
The IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy today led the group to Belgium, and here they will meet the EU Commissioner to press the case for an EU aid package for tillage farmers.
The IFA Grain Chairman Liam Dunne will be there, and he explained to That’s Farming last week that the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed will need to ‘fully understand the situation’ if their efforts in Brussels are to be taken seriously. Read more on that here.
Tillage farmers have been badly affected by the devastating weather conditions earlier this year, and the situation has been tough all across Europe.
According to the IFA, the organisation has met with growers ‘on a regional basis to assess the impact the severe weather this year had on farms and will present this information to EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan’.
IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy said, “The impact has been devastating for many farmers, with crops almost entirely wiped out in some individual cases. Without financial support, these farms simply will not survive.”
Grain Chairman Liam Dunne also added that “poor yields and prices for a number of years, combined with convergence in Greening and Basic Payments and high input and working capital costs had already led to a very challenging income situation for tillage farmers.
“This once-in-a-lifetime situation has compounded the serious income situation on farms and requires a strong response. Our Government and Brussels must step up and support grain farmers who otherwise face financial ruin,” concluded Dunne.
More updates on that as they develop.