There was no scope to cut farm schemes, Laois IFA Chairperson, Pat Hennessy stressed in his report at the AGM of Laois IFA recently.
Mr Hennessy drew attention to retail prices. “Agri food is the largest indigenuous industry in this country.
“Retailers are putting relentless pressure on prices. The situation we saw last year where carrots were selling at 6 cent a kilo was a disgrace.
“The Government has failed to regulate retailers. Immediate action is needed by Minister Richard Bruton on this.
On dairy, Pat Hennessy noted that 2013 was a good year for dairy farmers.
However, with the abolition of quotas next year, he cautioned that dairy farmers should not overextend themselves.
The financial basis of dairy expansion had to be right, he told the AGM
On beef he noted that 2014 would be a critical year and the increase in input prices.
He also thanked everyone who helped out in the previous year’s fodder crisis.
The officers returned were: Chairperson Pat Hennessy; Secretary Trevor Stanley; Vice-Chairman Francis Gorman; Assistant Secretary Michael Knowles; Treasurer Pat McLoughlin; PRO Eoin and Forestry Committee Eamon Kennedy.