Securing a Sustainable Future for Dairy Farmers

Dairy Farmers deserve security in their business.

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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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Protect against market disturbances

    Use of common market measures in CAP providing for exceptional financial aid measures against severe market disturbances.

  5. 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.

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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