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Farmers won’t accept ‘being offered up as a sacrificial lamb’ to the Greens – IFA

“Farmers feel that our government wants to regulate them out of business. Every policy, including those on climate action, CAP and the Nitrates Action Plan, is designed to reduce production.”

That is according to IFA president Tim Cullinan, who spoke following the farm group’s four regional rallies on Friday, October 8th, 2021.

The farm leader stressed that it should be clear to government that anger is building amongst farmers.

“The clear message from the thousands who turned out is that farmers are frustrated and angry at the way our government is treating them,” he said.

“Farmers won’t accept being offered up as a sacrificial lamb to the Green Party to keep the government in office,” he said.

“Farm families are being subjected to policies driven by regulation, restriction and reduction without any heed to its impact on farm family income and overall economic impact.”

He pointed out that farmers are aware of climate action and are willing to play their part.

“Farmers cannot understand why our government flatly refuse to sit down with their elected leaders to make a plan for the sector that will allay their concerns and give them confidence that there is a long-term future for farming.”

“If there’s a forum for employers and unions on the future of the economy, there’s no reason why there cannot be one for farming,” he concluded.

IFA regional rallies

The IFA held regional rallies in four counties on Friday, October 8th, 2021.

The events aimed to highlight how government is pursuing a path that will “wipe out Ireland’s largest indigenous sector”.

IFA president, Tim Cullinan, led rallies at the following locations:

  • Cavan;
  • Roscommon;
  • Portlaoise;
  • Cork City.

The farm leader said: “For the last two years, IFA has tried to engage with government on the sector’s future.”

“Despite this, it continues to treat us as low-hanging fruit that it can target without impunity.”

“At the same time, it is rolling out the red carpet for energy-guzzling multinationals and allowing food, peat, and timber to be imported from less efficient countries in Europe and further afield.”

He said the farm group is sounding an alarm. Cullinan believes that without proper negotiation with farmers and a coherent plan, farming in this country will be unrecognisable.

“We want the government to get serious and sit down to develop a workable farm-level plan,” concluded the IFA president.”

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