Focus will be on future of farming

The focus of a national conference in Cahir, Co Tipperary, next Wednesday will be on what co-ops and politicians must do to secure a vibrant and viable dairy industry and farming community.

IFA president John Dillon spelled this out when announcing details of the association’s national dairy conference, sponsored by AIB Bank.

“With the current pressures and CAP reform and WTO proposals, dairy farmers need more than ever to be confident that there is a viable future for them in dairying,” he said.

IFA national dairy committee chairman Michael Murphy said expert speakers will analyse the likely impact of CAP Reform and WTO on Irish dairy farming.

“We also want to get down to specifics on how our industry can take cost out and improve returns to secure viable milk prices in the long term,” he said.

“We will also analyse the relative efficiency of our industry in relation to our competitors, and will examine what must be done to improve dairy market transparency.

AIB Bank head of agri-strategy Michael Dowling said the bank is totally committed to the agribusiness sector.

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