There is mounting frustration among farmers that their participation in the renewable energy sector has effectively been hobbled by a combination of policy inertia and the prioritisation of mega wind and solar projects.
Landowners will have to be indemnified from third-party legal claims, and property rights will need to be fully protected, before farmers can engage with initiatives involving access to lands, the ICMSA has warned.
The reduced budget for the next CAP, a greater emphasis on environmental measures in farm support schemes and fears the Climate Action Bill will severely restrict agricultural output were among the primary concerns voiced by farmers at the IFA demonstration in Ballina on Friday.
The profit margins and turnover of Ireland’s leading meat processors could be exposed under new EU regulations that will force large multinational companies to disclose financial details of their activities in each member state.
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