IFA president Joe Healy has called on Minister Creed to urgently establish and convene a national Tillage Forum to combat the income crisis for tillage farmers. Healy made his comments to a joint Oireachtas committee on Agriculture this week.
IFA President Joe Healy has called on Minister Creed to urgently establish and convene a National Tillage Forum, including key industry stakeholders to devise an action plan to address the serious and deepening income crisis in the tillage farming sector. Joe Healy made his call in an address to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture this week.
Mr Healy said, “Irish grain farmers are facing a severe income drop this season of up to €100m due to a combination of poorer prices, convergence in Greening and Basic Payments, high input and working capital costs coupled with reduced yields and crops that may not be harvested.
“Without political intervention, Ireland’s tillage sector is in imminent danger of collapse, with major implications for the entire livestock sector and our world-renowned drinks industry. I am calling on the Minister to immediately convene a meeting a National Tillage Forum of key stakeholders to devise an action plan to address the serious crisis in the sector.”
That’s farming will have more on this crisis as it develops.