IFA: pro-farming budget can stimulate revival

Targeted farm supports to stimulate economic activity must be a key Government objective in next month’s budget, the IFA has said.

IFA county chairmen have stressed the importance of achieving a balanced economic recovery across the country in meetings with their local TDs and senators.

In its pre-budget submission, the farmer representative group has urged that funding of €580m, which has already been committed as part of the RDP, must be provided for farm schemes in the budget.

IFA president Eddie Downey said: “Cuts to farm schemes in successive budgets have had a damaging effect on farm incomes, notable in vulnerable, low-income drystock sectors.”

The IFA is seeking €250m for agri-environment schemes in Budget 2016, with full payments for 50,000 participants; and €65m for the suckler cow herd via the Beef Data and Genomics Scheme in Budget 2016.

It is also seeking €15m to fund knowledge transfer programmes for farmers across all sectors in 2016, and €40m for the TAMS II programme.

The group’s plan seeks a €25m payment for the ewe flock, and a greater funding allocation for the TB eradication programme, as well as increased consequential loss payments for farmers.


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