ICSA leader-in-waiting labels plan for Food Harvest 2020 'flawed document'
The president-elect of the ICSA has called for a review and re-examination of the expansion targets set out in Food Harvest 2020.
Wexford farmer Patrick Kent, who defeated the current head of the organisation Gabriel Gilmartin in a presidential ballot last week, described Food Harvest 2020 as a "flawed document".
A 40pc growth in the value of beef exports by 2020 and a 20pc growth in lamb output are key targets of the plan.
However, Mr Kent questioned whether increasing output to such an extent was in the best interests of farmers.
He said many of the signatories to the Food Harvest plan would benefit from an increase in numbers but such a strategy meant more work and higher input costs for farmers without any guarantee of better returns or a higher income.
Mr Kent cited the increase in stock numbers as one of the reasons for the fodder crisis last spring.
In his acceptance speech, Mr Kent said he was honoured to have been elected and said he aimed to use his presidency to empower the organisation further and represent ICSA members as strongly as possible.