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Green diesel prices: ‘It now costs contractors €5,000/day, on average’

Green diesel price hikes spark fury

A Facebook page, which initially had the name: Irish Truckers and Haulage Association Against Fuel Prices, has highlighted agricultural contractors’ concerns.

Now called The People of Ireland Against Fuel Prices Protest, the page has expressed fury over rising green diesel and AdBlue prices.

In a post on social media in recent days, the group highlighted that green diesel prices have more than doubled over the past two years.

Green diesel price increases

In 2020, it reported that the price of green diesel stood at 54c/L, while in 2021, it rose to 75c/L and in recent days, it reported that prices at the pump sat at €1.35/L but “are rising”.

The post reads: “80% of farming is contracted in Ireland according to reports.”

“It now costs contractors €5,000, on average, per day, which will be passed on to the farmer if they can afford it and then on to the end-user (beef and dairy products).”

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“Roughly 20,000 tractors are using Ad Blue additive to lower Co2 emissions. That has also doubled in price. These contractors are not entitled to the same grants as farmers or rebates as the hauliers either.”

Forestry contractors

The page pointed to the FCI, which also represents forestry contractors in Ireland, who “also suffers the same consequences”.

“The cost of harvesting trees for timber, paper, wood chippings for home heating etc., have doubled also.”

“This is only one area of farming and contracting we could go on all day into the likes of fertiliser up by 150% and rising.”

“Who will pay the price? Either that or there will be no food and no farmers. Our government can stop this! We need to wake them up! Monday, April 11th, 2022 – be there in support,” the post concluded.

Protest in Dublin

A protest will take place in Dublin on Monday, April 11th, 2022, over rising fuel prices.

Protesters have warned that “Dublin will be in complete lockdown and for as long as it takes until our demands are agreed upon by government”.

Some of their demands include:

  • Petrol capped @ €1.10/L;
  • Diesel capped @ €1.20/L;
  • Green diesel capped @ 65c/L.
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