ICOS: Irish agriculture expansion depends on Climate Change policy

“Our capacity to fully realise the ambitious targets for agri-food expansion established under Food Harvest 2020 and Food Wise 2025, may be constrained by our ability to deal with the challenge of climate change,” said Martin Keane, President of the Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS). 

   He was speaking at the 39th Annual ICOS National Conference in the Convention Centre Dublin, attended by EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan and Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney, among other keynote speakers including Prof. John Fitzgerald, Dr. Sean Brady, Tom Arnold and David Christensen. Damien O’Reilly of RTE chaired the event.   

  Under the co-operative theme of Better Farming, Better Business, Better Living, the conference examined the environmental, social and economic factors underpinning the sustainability of co-operative enterprises for the future.

  “The ending of milk quotas earlier this year has allowed Irish dairy farmers to take ownership of their own future for the first time in a generation. However, this is rapidly being framed by public policy in relation to climate change and agriculture at a national, EU and International level,” said ICOS President Martin Keane.