Tillage farmers seek opt-out from IFA levies
Published 01/03/2016 | 02:30
Farmers are seeking an opt-out from IFA levies as part of their malting barley contracts with Boortmalt, and have also called for more action from the organisation's grain committee.
A meeting of the Irish Grain Growers Association (IGGA) heard strong criticisms of the delay in reaching a deal for malting barley with sowing now just weeks away.
Tom Cushen, chair of the new group formerly known as the Irish Malt Growers Association, said they have agreed that members will not purchase any additional inputs from Boortmalt Ireland such as sprays for the coming season until they are prepared to meet and recognise them as a body.
The group said they were making the move due to a lack of action by the IFA. They also said a deal had been struck on the payment before Christmas.
However, it has since been changed with a suggestion by Boortmalt that 25pc of the contract tonnes would be paid at a surplus price to be set by Boortmalt after harvest.
The group, which has over 200 members, said the company has not met with them so far.
"We are people who weren't listened to by the other organisations. It is hard for one organisation to represent, beef, growers, dairy and the whole lot," said chair Tom Cushen.
Farmers attending the meeting in Athy, Co Kildare said they were not being kept up to date on the stage the negotiations were at between the IFA and Boortmalt over the contracts for 2016.