IFA Reacts To Government’s Proposals To Limit Negative Impact Of Irish Agriculture On Environment
The government is developing a policy which they say will limit the negative impact of Irish agriculture on the environment.
However, the Irish Farmers Association believes that the government should use the most up-to-date scientific data on Irish agricultural emissions which is currently 1-year into a 5-year calculation process.
The IFA claims that the government’s present proposals are based on figures from 1990, which are no longer relevant.
Ireland is set to introduce caps on agricultural production to limit emissions, based on this data.
This is in contrast with New Zealand, where a so-called ‘burp tax’ has been introduced – meaning sheep and cattle farmers there will have to pay a levy on greenhouse gases caused by livestock.
Speaking to RedFM News, Courtmacsherry farmer and chairman of Munster IFA, Harold Kingston says there is a huge amount of research being undertaken in Ireland to get an accurate picture of the situation: