Agri sector faces a 'real challenge' on green targets
The expansion of the dairy industry will add to the challenges of meeting the country's climate change targets, the Taoiseach has warned.
Enda Kenny flagged that growth in the agricultural sector will have to be monitored in light of the agreements from COP 21 in Paris.
"Obviously we want to get full value for our agricultural land and our forestry," Mr Kenny said.
"The targets will be set for each country in a short period," he said. "We will be able to meet our targets but it is going to provide a real challenge."
IFA national chair Jer Bergin said farmers were facing severe volatility and farm incomes must be the "number one" priority under the Food Wise 2025 targets to drive Irish exports.