Commenting after the announcement of the fodder transport subsidy scheme, MEP Luke Ming Flanagan said that while any level of support was welcome the scheme as it currently stands is limited in scope falls short of what is required.
Farm supports must give the farmers options as to which type of enterprise they wish to engage in not skewed in a manner which drives farmers down a cul-de-sac leaving them with only one option
Surveys carried out show that due to the prolonged atrocious weather conditions over the late Summer and Autumn of 2017 many farmers face a serious shortfall of fodder for their stock heading into 2018.
This Friday morning, December 26th 2017, at Buswells Hotel in Molesworth St., at 11am, Luke Ming Flanagan MEP will host a meeting to launch a Report he commissioned earlier this year, by financial analysts Cormac Butler and Ed Heaphy.
The Omnibus proposal was introduced in September 2016 and could be regarded as a mini mid-term review of all EU spending. Today in Plenary then was the culmination of sixteen months of work on the Agricultural aspects of that Omnibus file.
Last night at a special meeting of the AGRI committee of the European Parliament Commissioner Phil Hogan launched a document titled ‘The Future of Food and Farming’.
Hats off to Vera Twomey. She has achieved what myself and others failed to achieve. One gets the feeling that today is a milestone in the cannabis debate. She shamed Minister Harris into granting a licence. He couldn’t leave Ava in The Hague for the Christmas.
On the young farmer issue positive results have been achieved, young farmers will now get a five-year payment irrespective of when they apply within the five-year period of first taking over the farm, a positive change, as before if they applied in year 3 they were eligible only for a two-year payment.
It is the ultimate in hypocrisy to be advocating these type of deals, replacing grass-fed cattle from Europe with beef from South American feedlots, similar food products being shipped halfway around the globe and meeting each other in the high seas in passing, burning up vast quantities of fuel, while berating the farming community at local level for not doing enough to mitigate climate change.
Whether or not you believe Catalonia – or Scotland, or the Six Counties, or Roscommon for that matter – should be allowed have a referendum on its own independence isn’t the issue. The issue is the growing crackdown on dissenting voices, the increasing officially-sanctioned violence, justified in the Catalonia situation by Commissioner Timmermans in his speech.
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