farmers asked to grit yards and laneways
Donegal IFA County Chairman,
William Monagle is asking all farmers to grit their yards and laneways, to help in the delivery and collection of goods on and off the farm.
Some lorries are having difficulty in getting into farms to deliver and collect much needed supplies.
Grit is available from all County Council depots in the county.
The Ulster branch of the Irish Farmers’ Association has this week highlighted the importance of supporting the Lisbon Treaty in order to strengthen Ireland’s bargaining power in EU farm matters. If the Treaty is ratified in October, the European Parliament will have equal say, or ‘co-decision’ on agriculture along with the European Commission. This will mean an enhanced role for MEPs in determining the future of the Common Agricultural Policy. Speaking this week, IFA Regional Vice President Joe Brady said farmers in Ulster and the border counties clearly recognise the necessity of building political support for sustainable agricultural policies for Ireland. ‘Irish MEPs will play a critical role in securing a beneficial outcome for us in the CAP post 2013,’ he said. Ireland is lucky to have two MEPs on the Agriculture Committee, where they can wield the most influence on farm policy. Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness, who is tipped for a senior position on the committee, said the importance of a ‘Yes’ vote to Lisbon cannot be underestimated. Her party colleague, Northwest MEP Jim Higgins, said Irish farmers, particularly dairy farmers, are in ‘very dire straits’ at the moment. ‘They need support and a strong voice advocating for them, and if Lisbon is passed it will be more crucial than ever that farm groups work closely with MEPs,’ he said. Fianna Fáil MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher said the main priority of Irish MEPs will be to negotiate the EU’s farm budget in order protect the interests of Irish farm families, rural communities and the Irish food sector.