Updated: 16/09/14 : 17:04:38
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More vigilance is needed regarding safety on farms - Comiskey

Fine Gael Senator for Sligo/Leitrim and Spokesperson for Agriculture in the Seanad, Michael Comiskey has welcomed the launch of a new National Farm Safety Initiative by Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney TD in Athlone yesterday.“The launch of the New National Farm Safety Initiative comes in a year where we have so far seen twenty farm fatalities compared to sixteen in the whole of 2013. Farming represents about 6% of the workforce, [...]  Read More...

Updated: 16/09/14 : 17:08:26
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Minister must secure dairy confidence - O'Leary

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has announced a dairy conference in Dublin in November to count down to the end of quotas.Speaking in advance of an IFA budget lobbying day this week, National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary today reminded the Minister that he had a job of work to do in the 2015 Budget and the Agri-Taxation review to help dairy farmers to deliver profitable production growth in a volatile environment. He [...]  Read More...

Updated: 16/09/14 : 17:13:11
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Minister urged to explain commonage rule to farmers

IFA Hill Committee Chairman Pat Dunne has said that the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney must immediately clarify his new commonage rules and proceed immediately with public meetings and clinics in all hill areas to explain the implications for farmers. Pat Dunne said that the longer this issue goes on the more fear and anger will grow, as there is a lack of clarity on the new rules. Last week’s announcement by the Minister on the [...]  Read More...

Updated: 16/09/14 : 17:19:28
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Full compensation of farmers losses over Russian ban - Carthy

Midlands North West MEP Matt Carthy is calling on the Irish Government to bring the Russian trade-ban to European Council level.Speaking in the European Parliament yesterday evening the Sinn Féin MEP called for full compensation for Irish farmers for losses incurred as a result of an international diplomatic war of which they have no input.Russia introduced a “full embargo” last month on most food imports from EU, US, and other [...]  Read More...

Updated: 17/09/14 : 16:29:06
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Commonage implementation committee must show flexibility

IFA Rural Development Chairman Flor McCarthy has called on the Commonage Implementation Committee to ensure that maximum flexibility is shown to ensure that all farmers on commonage land who sign up to GLAS are accepted. He also said there is a responsibility on the Department of Agriculture and Teagasc to prioritise hill and commonage areas in the west of Ireland that will have a significant number of applicants. “Whatever resources are [...]  Read More...