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WATCH: ICSA PRESIDENT DERMOT KELLEHER OUTLINES HOW CAP FUNDS CAN BE USED TO BETTER SUPPORT LOW-INCOME SUCKLER, SHEEP & BEEF FARMERS

This is the ICSA CAP Plan - and it includes the following key demands. ·  €300/hd per suckler cow – including €120 variable coupled payment on first 40 cows plus €180 from BDGP/BEEP type schemes – no upper limit on numbers  · ...

MINISTER’S STRATEGY FOR BEEF AND SHEEP SECTORS IN DISARRAY

ICSA president Dermot Kelleher has said that the CAP funding proposals suggest that the Minister’s strategy for the beef and sheep sectors now seems to be in disarray. “I cannot understand how the Minister will agree with the direction of his Department where suckler...

ICSA CAP FUNDING REACTION: ONLY THE ICSA PLAN CAN DELIVER ON THE AGRI-ENVIRONMENT, SUCKLER, SHEEP AND BEEF PAYMENTS AMBITION

ICSA president Dermot Kelleher has said that the €3.86 billion funding package for CAP announced today will not be anywhere near enough to deliver the key ICSA proposals unless the Minister also opts for coupled suckler and sheep payments or transfers money from...

ICSA CALLS FOR BALANCE ON STATE AGRI BOARDS

ICSA president Dermot Kelleher has called on the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to address the complete imbalance in the board make up of bodies under the aegis of his Department such as Teagasc, Bord Bia and ICBF. “Suckler, sheep, beef and tillage...

ICSA REACTION TO CLIMATE TARGETS: GOVERNMENT MUST SPEND MORE ON SUPPORTING THE SECTOR

ICSA president Dermot Kelleher has said it will be almost impossible to meet the agriculture climate change targets unless the government delivers a substantially higher investment in the sector, while also recognising the role played by agriculture in sequestering...

MINISTER MUST SUPPORT BEEF FINISHERS WITH SPECIFIC CAP PAYMENT

ICSA beef chairman Edmund Graham has called on Minister McConalogue not to forget that beef finishers need to be recognised with a specific payment in the CAP reform. “With all the focus on climate change and the targets that will be set for the farming sector, it is...

CATTLE AND SHEEP FARMERS MUST BENEFIT FROM INCREASED FUNDING FOR ORGANICS SCHEME

ICSA Organics chair Fergal Byrne has welcomed the increase in funding to the Organics Scheme announced in Budget 2022. “Increasing the funding to €21m annually and opening the scheme to new applicants again next year is a step in the right direction. However, Minister...

ICSA BUDGET REACTION: FOOD OMBUDSMAN FUNDING MUST BE A STEPPING STONE TO A MORE POWERFUL REGULATOR

ICSA president Dermot Kelleher has welcomed the announcement of funds to set up the Food Ombudsman office in the order of €4 million. “This must be used as a stepping stone to giving the office the powers of a regulator, which is contingent on additional legislation....

LOTS OF TALK, BUT ONLY ICSA HAS THE CAP PLAN TO DELIVER FOR SUCKLER, SHEEP, BEEF & TILLAGE FARMERS

ICSA's CAP plan is technically feasible under the regulations, meets all EU objectives, and is fully costed. Read the full plan and watch a video presentation here http://icsaireland.ie/cap

BEEF PRICES MUST REACH €5/KG TO OFFSET HUGE INCREASE IN COST OF INPUTS

ICSA beef chair Edmund Graham has said the spiralling costs of inputs means that beef prices will need to move to €5/kg quickly. “Prices for key inputs involved in the production of beef are going through the roof and showing no signs of easing up. Processors and...

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