A fair way forward for farmers
Over 17,000 Irish dairy farmers in Ireland maintain our 1.4 million dairy cow herd. The dairy sector is a key employer, providing high quality jobs in rural Ireland. Price volatility is a seasonal challenge for dairy farmers. Therefore, tools need to be strengthened to help dairy farmers mitigate price volatility.
Fianna Fáil’s plan to secure a sustainable future for dairy farmers
Income stability tool
Examine the introduction of a stability tool for all sectors including dairy to enable farmers to defer a portion of their income in a period of high prices and tax this income when they draw down in a period of low prices.
Review EU rules on price intervention
It is imperative that the current European tools for price intervention are reviewed as catered for under the 2013 CAP regulation to cater for market volatility.
Knowledge transfer schemes
We will work with farmer groups to provide education schemes to promote knowledge transfer around futures markets, insurances, fixed priced term contracts, and risk management actions, in order to protect the primary producer and cooperatives.
Protect against market disturbances
Use of common market measures in CAP providing for exceptional financial aid measures against severe market disturbances.
Assist market access
Increase resources for a Market Access Unit in Department of Agriculture to enable new export markets to be opened for Irish food and drink produce.