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Thursday 18 January 2018

What are the farmers protesting about?

Darragh McCullough

Darragh McCullough

The IFA says the protest was aimed at four issues. The first was a warning shot to Government to lay off further cuts to the agriculture budget, which the IFA claims has been cut by 40pc since 2008.

It also wants increased regulation of retailers to give farmers a greater share of the final retail price. The farmer's share varies from as little as 10pc in times of farming surpluses to over 50pc when supplies are tight.

The IFA has also joined the likes of IBEC in its calls for lower costs for businesses.

The final, and perhaps biggest, gripe of the farm body is the upcoming reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

The IFA claims that the EU's reform proposals would decimate the output of productive farms and jeopardise the 300,000 jobs linked to the agri-sector.

Irish Independent

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