Tillage farmers to hold meeting on future of sector

Margaret Donnelly

Margaret Donnelly

The Irish Grain Growers Group is hosting a meeting to follow up on the recent launch of the tillage report by the Joint Oireachtas committee on Agriculture.

The meeting, which hopes to set a roadmap for the future of the tillage section in Ireland, will be addressed by the Zurich Tillage Farmer of the Year 2016, Darragh Cleary.

According to the group more joined up thinking is needed by the sector and the group has organised the meeting to allow speakers and attendees give their views on what needs to be done for the sector to make it more profitable for farmers.

The group has recently criticised the IFA deal negotiated with Boortmalt for malting barley and said the prices unveiled in the latest tranche of the deal between IFA and Boortmalt will not halt the slide of growers exiting malting barley.

Bobby Miller from the Irish Grain Growers' Association said the prices on offer would not halt the "slide of growers" leaving the malting barley industry.

Guest speakers at the meeting will include Pat Deering, Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas committee on Agriculture and Michael Hoey, Country Crest and Beet Ireland.

The meeting takes place on Wednesday, January 10 at 7:45pm, in the Millrace Hotel Bunclody.

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