Forestry and Climate Change

Fianna Fáil is supportive of environmentally sustainable farming.

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Environmentally sustainable farm ownership

Fianna Fáil is supportive of environmentally sustainable farming. Ireland is a flag bearer of this model of farming and premier worldwide food production and environmental standards. The carbon footprint of Irish farms is one of the lowest in the world. We are committed to developing the forestry sector in Ireland which plays a critical role in reducing Irish carbon emissions.

Afforestation is a vital tool to reduce our carbon footprint with 300,000 hectares of new forests planted since 1990, which have absorbed 18% of Irish agriculture’s annual greenhouse gas emissions.

Fianna Fáil’s plan to further environmentally sustainable farming

  1. Environmentally sustainable farming to meet climate change responsibilities

    The next CAP must ensure the continuation and expansion of incentives in schemes for environmentally beneficial farming practices to further reduce our carbon footprint.

  2. High potential

    The high sequestration potential of the grass-based agriculture production model in Ireland as well as the high potential of our forests, boglands and other habitats that absorb carbon.

  3. EU 2030 targets

    EU 2030 targets must underpin the need for food security and the central role of exporting countries which have an efficient low carbon footprint food production sector.

  4. New, ambitious planting targets

    Ambitious planting targets for forestry must be achieved with a empasis put on native broadleaf planting.

  5. A proportional planting policy.

    A proportional planting policy on a national and regional basis is key.

Safeguarding Farmers & Agrifood From Brexit

All policy levers must be deployed to safeguard farmers and Irish agriculture from the impact of Brexit.

Ensure A Fair Price For Farmers

Create a National Food Ombudsman to ensure fairness and equity in the food supply chain.

Secure A Fully-Funded & Fair CAP

Work for a fully funded, fair, and simpler CAP that safeguards direct payments.

Encourage the Next Generation of Farmers

Next CAP must ensure all farmers under 40 have access to the same entitlements.

Increased Supports For Beef & Sheep Farmers

Seek increased supports for low-income beef suckler and sheep farmers.

Securing A Sustainable Future For Dairy Farmers

Strengthen tools to help dairy farmers mitigate price volatility.

Supporting Tillage, Organic & Horticulture Farmers

Advance fair price legislation to ensure a proper return on price for tillage & horticulture farmers.

Forestry and Climate Change

Support environmentally sustainable farming to meet climate change responsibilities.

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