Exclusive: Potential merger between two farm organisations being considered
Published 29/11/2016 | 13:00
A potential merger between the ICSA and the Irish Grain Growers group may be on the cards, the Farming Independent has learned.
Although neither farm organisation has confirmed an official link-up, representatives from both camps admitted that informal discussions have taken place in recent weeks.
Bobby Miller, chairman of the Irish Grain Growers said they had a “courtesy meeting” with the ICSA before their AGM on November 16.
“It’s at very early stages and we don’t know if it’s going to go any further just yet but we did meet them,” he said.
“We’re considering joining together but we’re just weighing it all up right now. There could be opportunity there but we haven’t explored it yet,” he said.
For now, Mr Miller said their main goal is growing membership from 200 to 500 and developing a “stronger voice”.
“Every tillage farmer in the country is aware that there is less money in our bank accounts this year due to poor harvest and poor prices for the fourth year in a row.
“We are at crisis point in the tillage sector and we are being practically neglected from a Government, political and lobbying point of view,” he said.