Farmers will take to the streets of Castlerea tomorrow, Friday, June 11th at 11 a.m. to highlight the importance of commercial farming to the rural economy.
The Castlerea event is part of an IFA nationwide rally and Castlerea has been selected as the location in County Roscommon. Other local locations include Manorhamilton, Ballymote, Longford Town, Athenry and Ballina.
This will be the first large scale demonstration by IFA since the pandemic. Farmers will gather to warn against the dangers in the current CAP proposals and the Climate Action Bill.
“The towns that we will visit on Friday rely heavily on our sector. Any reduction in activity in agriculture will hit them hard,” said IFA President Tim Cullinan. He met An Taoiseach Michael Martin last week, where he told him that the current direction of the CAP and the Government’s Climate Action Bill could shut down commercial farming in Ireland.
“We will be making a strong statement across the country on Friday that policies must support our largest indigenous industry,” he said.
“A cohort of farmers, many of who are the most productive farmers, are being hit with huge cuts under the CAP. In addition, the Climate Bill, the subsequent carbon budgets and sectoral targets could result in huge additional regulation being imposed on the same group of farmers,” he said.
“Farmers want to work with the Government on climate action, but there has to be real engagement. Setting targets without any regard for the consequences won’t work,” Mr Cullinan warned.