IFA seeks tillage relief measures

Tillage farmers are calling for the abolition of tariffs and anti-dumping duties on fertiliser imports to help offset an income drop this season of up to €100m.

IFA grain chairman Liam Dunne says measures are needed to protect Ireland’s tillage sector, which could collapse due to poorer prices and much-reduced yields, with major implications for the livestock sector and Ireland’s drinks industry.

Mr Dunne said: “Decisive action is needed to reverse the dramatic fall in incomes. 

"Since 2012, the Irish cereal area has fallen by over 100,000ac and this trend will accelerate unless there is a dramatic turnaround in fortunes for grain growers.”

With fertiliser accounting for 40% of variable production costs, an immediate abolition of tariffs and anti-dumping duties on fertiliser imports would reduce some costs for the sector.

The IFA also wants a review by the EU Competition Authority of the high cost of Ireland’s plant protection products.

The IFA is also urging all agri-food parties to use native grains and support the industry.


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