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Calls for permanent organic farming fund

The Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association (IOFGA) is seeking to make organic farming a mandatory part of EU rural development programmes and EU financing to be increased to 80pc, as national organic week begins.

"Organic farmers are fulfiling sustainability criteria and therefore meeting taxpayers' expectations, who are funding the CAP. We feel that it is important in this austere period that more funding should be made available from CAP to allow the sector to develop and meet its full potential in Ireland," said IOFGA's general manager Gillian Westbrook. She added that the emergence of the greening element in the CAP would make organic farming a more attractive option to farmers considering converting to organics. "Organic farmers are already meeting these environmental conditions," she said.

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