Levies vital to maintain services, warns IFA
The IFA plans to push ahead with a nationwide campaign to secure a recovery in income from levies at point of sale as "the fairest way" to fund the organisation forward, writes Martin Ryan.
Confirming the decision of the IFA National Council, which was endorsed at a meeting of the Presidents Committee, IFA deputy president Richard Kennedy accepted "it is going to be very difficult" but warned that without increased funding, the future of current services would be threatened.
"The bottom line is that if we are to continue to provide the range of services that the organisation currently offers, we won't be able to do it unless we get extra money. The membership fee won't do it on its own," he said.
The association has rejected calls from senior members that individual farmer approval for the deductions should be obtained.
The organisation will be contacting marts, processors and exporters to impress upon them the importance of the levy funding for the future of the organisation and soliciting their support in securing an increase in the percentage of farmers paying.
The levy is collected on farms sales at €1.50 per €1,000 worth of sales, but information on the farmer paying was not provided to the IFA in the past.