Farmers mobilize against the impact of the climate law and the CAP on the agricultural sector


FARMERS across the country are protesting today against concerns about the impact of the new legislation.

Protests were held in 30 cities across Ireland this morning to highlight farmers’ dissatisfaction with European reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the government’s climate action bill.

Farmers drove tractors through towns, handed out leaflets and held signs with the slogan: “Stand up for agriculture”.

The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) opposes the implementation of climate policies “without any assessment of the economic and social impact they will have on farmers and rural Ireland”.

IFA President Tim Cullinan said he had warned the government that “unless there is a change in the current direction of the CAP and changes to the bill on the flawed climate action, agriculture in Ireland as we know it will cease to exist “.

The CAP is a common policy for the agricultural sector in EU countries which was first launched in 1962.

Policy reform is to be implemented from January 1, 2023.

Cullinan said a “cohort of productive farmers are hit by huge cuts under the CAP” and that “the EU wants farmers to do more environmental actions, but they won’t fund it” .

“The Irish government must guarantee maximum flexibility within the framework of the CAP and fully honor its program for the government’s commitments to co-finance the CAP and allocate 1.5 billion euros of the carbon tax to finance environmental measures,” said he declared.

At the national level, the IFA opposes the treatment of carbon budgets and agriculture in the climate bill.

“The overall objective of the bill is to be climate neutral by 2050 on a ‘net carbon’ basis. However, the proposed definition of carbon budgets in the bill only refers to emissions and not removals. “

There are references to removals elsewhere in the bill, but the definition of carbon budgets is defined as: “The total amount of greenhouse gas emissions that are allowed during the budget period”.

Cullinan said, “As currently drafted, it will also lead to ‘carbon leakage’. Less food will be produced in Ireland, and more in countries with a higher carbon footprint, which will increase global warming. “

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“It is an environmental spectacle without regard to the real impact of the measures on real global warming,” he said.

A protest was held in every county in the state today, with two in Tipperary and three in Cork.

Jim Mulhall, the chairman of the IFA Kilkenny branch, was at the protest in the city of Kilkenny, which he said is “a city predominantly based on service and agriculture” where farmers earn and spend money locally.

Talk to The newspaper, Mulhall said there was “good support, there were people on the streets, and I guess they were curious to see a parade of tractors coming down the street – I’m sure it was a spectacle unusual!”

“We walked in, walked through town, protested, made our point and caused as little disruption as possible for everyone, because we are very aware that local businesses are only open and we didn’t want to stifle the city. but yet we wanted to exercise our right to protest, ”Mulhall said.

“It was interesting driving my own city street on a tractor,” he said.

“It was well received, many local traders came to greet us. They realize the importance of agriculture.

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