The top ten priorities for agriculture were set out in a submission made by the IFA president, Joe Healy. This was submitted to the countries youngest ever leader following his election.
Mr. Healy also took time to wish Varadkar success in his new role and said he is looking forward to working with Mr. Varadkar in the future.
Healy stated that the farming and food industry will in future play a vital role in the country’s economy, provided the right support is available.
He said “With the right support, our farming and food industry will continue to play a significant role in contributing to the national economy. Viable farm incomes are critical to underpinning the important agri-food industry”.
Mr. Healy also spoke of how he has already made contact about arranging a meeting with the Taoiseach with Brexit to be the focus of discussions.
He said the IFA are looking for Mr. Varadkar to make his mark in Europe and secure the interests of the Agricultural sector.
He said “IFA is very clear that farming and food must be at the top of the Brexit agenda, not only in Ireland but at EU level.
We are seeking the Taoiseach’s personal intervention at the highest level in Europe to ensure that an outcome that secures the interests of this vital sector.”
The IFA have also offered the Government and Taoiseach solutions with regards the problem of low farm incomes. Their aim is to achieve Foodwise 2025 targets and underpin the contribution of the industry and agri-food sectors to the Irish economy as well as cementing the well-being of rural areas.
Healy finished up by calling on the Taoiseach to implement a firm policy with focus on achieving sustainable growth of family farming and also rejuvenating rural Ireland. He called for this to be done through balanced regional development and the provision of rural services.
Joe Healy said the Taoiseach must place a firm policy focus on achieving the sustainable and profitable growth of family farming and rejuvenating rural Ireland through balanced regional development and the provision of rural services.