|ICSA made a submission in November 2013 to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in response to the consultation regarding the Food Harvest 2020 Environmental Analysis Report.
In this submission, ICSA highlighted that:
General comments are also made regarding the recommendations of the Environmental Analysis Report.
|Download PDF: ICSA submission on the Food Harvest 2020 Environmental Analysis Report|
|ICSA made a submission in November 2013 to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in response to the consultation regarding the Agriculture Sectoral Roadmap of the draft Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2013.
In this submission, ICSA addressed Ireland’s problematic climate change targets and reviewed the options for the sectoral roadmap. The submission concludes that:
Much more precise analysis is required to establish what agriculture has to do to meet climate change targets and how this can be achieved in practice. Further clarification is required as to what constitutes emission reduction for each agri-sector. Following from this, there must be a clear vision of a regulatory and policy framework so that farmers have a transparent reference of how they can farm in a viable way while playing a feasible part in the climate change effort.
|Download PDF: ICSA submission on the Agriculture Sectoral Roadmap|
|ICSA has made a submission in January 2013 to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in response to the 2014 – 2020 Rural Development Programme consultation call. Following ongoing discussions, a number of revisions were made, leading to an updated submission being put forward in July 2013.
In the context of the ongoing respective EU budget and CAP reform negotiations, ICSA argues that a Rural Development Programme needs funding of up to €700m per annum in order to make a real impact in terms of meeting the six key objectives set out by the EU Commission in its CAP reform proposals.
Furthermore, as part of any new RDP, ICSA has advocated the following measures:
|Download PDF: ICSA Submission on the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 – July Revision|
|Minister Coveney recently made a call for submissions on Dog Microchipping as part of the passing of the Animal Helath and Welfare Bill into law; he specifically plans to introduce a regulation which will require the microchipping of all dogs in the country.
ICSA has been calling for such compulsory microchipping for many years, and has strongly welcomed the Minister’s proposal as a solution to many of the current problems relating to Ireland’s dog population such as straying, rehoming, theft, livestock worrying, animal cruelty and dangerous dogs. This submission makes a number of recommendations relating to the implementation of microchipping, including:
ICSA aim to play an active role in any publicity campaign during the microchipping rollout.
|Download PDF: ICSA Submission on the Proposed Dog Microchipping Programme|
|The Department of Agriculture sought views from the main farming stakeholders on the potential content of a new Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme for the suckler sector. The Suckler Committee reached a consensus that the most appropriate use of funding for a Suckler TAM Scheme would be to prioritise improving farm safety and welfare through modernised animal handling facilities.
In this submission, ICSA called for funding for a suite of TAM measures that could deliver improved farm safety and animal health & welfare, namely:
Through these measures, ICSA believes that we can advance the competitiveness of the suckler sector, whilst improving the overall health and genetic resources of the national herd.
|Download PDF: ICSA Submission on the Suckler TAM Scheme|
|ICSA has made its submission to the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government and Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in response to the Second Review of the Nitrates Action Programme consultation call. The submission highlights the problems for farmers brought about by ‘calendar farming’ aspects of the Good Agricultural Practive Regulations, which ICSA has been repeatedly vocal about in recent years.|
|Download PDF: ICSA Submission on the Second Review of the Nitrates Action Programme|