Thursday, 24 April 2014

Bryan to address AGM

IFA President John Bryan will attend the Roscommon IFA AGM in The Abbey Hotel, Roscommon on Tuesday, 30th March at 8.30 pm to address all of the issues of concern for farm families in the County.

He said that among his priorities as President will be to work to ensure viable prices for farmers across all commodities. “Farm incomes are unsustainable and product prices must rise. Bureaucracy and costs must be reduced, the new REPS scheme must pay farmers properly and our single farm payment must be fully protected,” he added.

The newly elected IFA President John Bryan said, “I take office after a horrendous year for farmers, when incomes suffered their worst decline since Ireland entered the EU. The country is in the middle of a serious recession.  The banking crisis is affecting the ability of farm businesses and all enterprises to generate economic activity and preserve jobs.”

“Farming and the agri-food sector have been hammered in this recession. The depreciation of sterling against the euro and the totally unjust treatment of primary producers by retailers have added greatly to our difficulties. Over-regulation, and the Government’s failure to go far enough in driving down costs and restoring national competitiveness, have compounded the problems faced by Irish farmers and agri business.”

“Poor summer weather, flooding and now severe frost and snow, have made the challenges of farming even more difficult. However, it is the start of a new year, and the beginning of a new period for IFA and Irish farmers. As President, I promise to work tirelessly and resolve to tackle the all challenges for farm families, he concluded.”