MEP highlights imbalance in food supply chain at IFA social

Published 19/03/2014 | 05:20

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Gerard Melia, County Vice Chairman, Riona Meehan, County Secretary, Mathew McGreehan, County Chairman, and MEP Mairead McGuinness, Bert Stewart, Regional Chairman of the IFA at the social night in the Fairways Hotel.

Louth IFA welcomed MEP Mairéad McGuinness to a social night in the Fairways Hotel earlier this month.

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The Ardee-born politician identified the problems and struggles facing farmers and the opportunities too, especially in the dairy sector with the ending of milk quotas in 2015. The MEP addressed the need for fair income for producers by addressing the imbalance in the food supply chain. She spoke about the importance of the family farming model in this, the international year of family farming 2014. Above al,l she stressed the need to ensure a sustainable food supply chain.

IFA County Secretary, Ríona Meehan said: 'I am extremely pleased with the enthusiastic response we have received to the event and the uptake on tickets. We are very aware of the need for social gatherings in this day and age as farming has become a very solitary existence for many.'

Louth IFA also held a raffle on the night to benefit the Maria Goretti Foundation, the respice centre for children with disabilities which opened in Lordship recently. Regional President, Bert Stewart from Monaghan and the previous Regional President, John Waters were also in attendance. A local group, Vintage, were special guests on the night.

Louth IFA hold monthly County Executive meetings which they encourage all IFA members to attend.

'It is an excellent way for farmers to keep up to date with the latest news,' says Riona. 'They meetings provide an opportunity for farmers to speak to someone if there is an issue on which they need help or clarification; and they also provide a valuable opportunity for farmers to get together and exchange ideas or just have a chat.'

Also in the past year, they have hosted a number of information nights on topics such as Mental Health, Community Text Alert Schemes, and Farm Finance Management.

The next information night will take place on Monday, April 7, in Dooley's on the Ardee/Carrickmacross Road, where a speaker will discuss pension rights for farmers, inheritance and succession, nursing homes, the Fair Deal Scheme and what it means for farmers.

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