IFA still reeling from fall in levies
One year on from the IFA pay scandal, money collected from farmers has dropped by up to a fifth, reports Margaret Donnelly and Claire Mc Cormack
Twelve months after the pay scandal, the IFA is still feeling an impact on its income.
Marts around the country confirmed to the Farming Independent that the EIF (European Involvement Fund) levies they are collecting from farmers is back by up to 20pc in some cases.
All marts contacted by the Farming Independent said while the number of farmers looking to stop the collection of the voluntary levy has all but ceased, the overall amount of money collected is back.
Sean O'Sullivan, Cork Marts CEO, said the EIF levy total is back approximately 15pc on the same time last year.
Billy Loftus, mart manager at Mayo-Sligo Livestock Mart in Ballina, said the number of farmers looking to stop the levy had trickled to "no more than one a day", but he put the total amount collected as being 15pc down on 12 months ago, a figure also impacted by lower prices.
Sean Ryan of Sixmilebridge said that they are "no more than 20pc down" on last year.
"Last December, I thought there was going to be a meltdown altogether but we haven't had a request for levies to be stopped in months.