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  • ICMSA say 'gap between aspiration and implementation' undermining farming's potential : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    the Minister s policy regarding agricultural development There s a startling mismatch between the aspirations being articulated through the media and in official reports and the reality that us farmers are seeing on the ground This last week has seen two more policy developments that highlight the contradiction between media focussed cheerleading and the actual policy being implemented The summary suspension effectively the ending of all grant schemes for on farm development and improvement is a virtual dismantling of the policy aimed at dairy expansion We also learned this week that the Stamp Duty Relief for Farm Consolidation will not be extended Both of those measures directly work against the interests of our best dairy farmers in whom we have been told repeatedly the Government places such high hopes as part of the national economic recovery Which is it to be Are we to believe the press releases from conference after conference in which speaker after speaker tells us to produce more and more food because the Government is really going to get behind farming Or are we to believe the evidence of our own eyes and the facts being presented to us in the fashion they were this week The Minister s own statement made reference to the fact that he is seeking approval for advance release of 600 million because he understands that in many cases the SFP is used to subsidise the day to day running costs of farms and was often greater than the income earned by the farm It also references the burden of repayments Can ICMSA ask and not for the first time either what the Minister s policy on farm credit is In the absence of any meaningful official policy we re trying to secure credit at competitive rates from overseas banks and

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2011/06/icmsa-say-gap-between-aspiration-and-implementation-is-undermining-farmings-potential/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say IDB must reverse SMP price cut and Kevin Lane must explain why the decision was taken in the first place : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    price of SMP against all the market trends was simply unacceptable and he called on Kevin Lane to explain the reason behind the decision The IDB decision to reduce the price of SMP in the face of a strengthening world market is plainly not acceptable and the Chief Executive Kevin Lane must explain why this has happened It is our firm belief that the IDB executive must revisit and change this decision All market indicators have been positive for the last month and the IDB is the only entity to cut its price This surely calls for a full explanation to be given to the Irish farmers who are the owners of the IDB and who contribute directly and continuously to operational costs Dairy farmers will look at this reduction in price as well as the costly report by KPMG which has very little practical recommendations and they will not at all be convinced that this is the way we should be heading They ll be absolutely certain however of one thing at a time when world markets are actually gaining in strength it is not acceptable to see the IDB reduce the price paid for SMP and not alone

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2011/06/icmsa-say-idb-must-reverse-smp-price-cut-and-kevin-lane-must-explain-why-the-decision-was-taken-in-the-first-place/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Cahill wants Central Bank to furnish comparative stats for Dutch and Danish farm credit : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    in terms of profit Mr Cahill stated that such profits could only come from one place and one place only the borrowers The danger is that given the high cost of banking in Ireland and the higher cost of funds to Irish banks interest charged to farmers and other costs associated with credit will grow and move competitively out of line with what is available in other countries What is required is a robust system where the interest rates and other fees charged by Irish banks are collated and published together with information on similar costs in other EU countries This is not being done at the moment in any meaningful way And it is necessary that this would have been put in place in order to force the banks into being competitive Given the enormous increase in resources that have been put in place in the Central Bank and Financial Regulator there is more than adequate personnel to carry out this work The availability of credit is one thing but availability at competitive rates is a key issue and there is a widespread view that banks will use every opportunity at restructuring to hike up interest rats charged to customer particularly where an individual is in a vulnerable position regarding the need for restructuring warned Mr Cahill On a related point Mr Cahill said that the cost of providing security for loans has mushroomed out of all proportion and is now costing up to 1 500 In the past sufficient security could be given by lodging land certificates Now we see a huge costly apparatus being constructed that seems to serve no purpose other than to give the Government the Banks and the legal profession another convenient opportunity to charge fees he observed Unless we learn from what is

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2011/06/cahill-wants-central-bank-to-furnish-comparative-stats-for-dutch-and-danish-farm-credit/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA accuse Co-ops of 'holding back' a 2 cents per litre milk price rise : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    on the price paid to their milk suppliers and also what are they doing with all the additional profits In 2010 and across all Co ops profits were up substantially on 2009 which was a very bad year for all dairy farmers but yet all the Co ops made a profit On that basis Co ops profits will swell further in 2011 if they continue to pay the current milk price because the markets are well ahead of milk price at this time last year continued Mr McCormack Based on current analysis markets are strong and have shown improvements since March when the market did weaken slightly compared to February But there has been a noticeable improvement in the last two weeks and despite the increase in global milk supplies the demand for dairy products has been strong ensuring that dairy product prices remain at a high level Based on current quotations and returns from the marketplace as reported from a number of sources ICMSA believe that Co ops should be paying a price well in excess of 35 cents per litre VAT inclusive which is at least 2 cents per litre higher than the price they are currently paying

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2011/05/icmsa-accuse-co-ops-of-holding-back-a-2-cents-per-litre-milk-price-rise-2/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Cahill calls for continuation of Farm Consolidation Stamp Duty Relief - 'vital for efficient commercial farming' : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    current Relief ends next month 30 June 2011 Mr Cahill stated that the slow pace of structural change has regularly been identified as a barrier to the development of efficient commercial farming in Ireland He said that measures around efficient consolidation became even more important in the context of the targets set down by the Government in Food Harvest 2020 and the increased production that will be required on a National level and most particularly on dairy farms In order to contribute to efficiency and to the reduction of costs in the farming sector there is a need to increase the rate at which farm holdings are consolidated ICMSA believes that the introduction of the Farm Consolidation Stamp Duty Relief notwithstanding its shortcomings was a very positive measure and has reduced the costs of consolidation considerably for farmers It s a vital measure for efficient commercial farming continued the ICMSA President It is absolutely nonsensical to remove the only incentive which currently exists that allows farmers to expand their holding through consolidation at a reduced cost We hope that Mr Noonan will look at production demands on the agricultural sector in the coming years and note the onus to grow

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2011/05/cahill-calls-for-continuation-of-farm-consolidation-stamp-duty-relief-%e2%80%93-vital-for-efficient-commercial-farming/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say proposed animal transport legislation will damage our live export trade : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    in May the issue of tougher legislation around animal transport was on the agenda with Sweden in particular and Finland Austria and the Netherlands pushing for tougher legislation Ireland must reject any attempt to impose additional unnecessary regulations The current regulations are set at an extremely high level and have been scientifically proven to work effectively Another key indication of efficiency is that buyers of Irish cattle are very happy with the state of the animals when they arrive at their destination and the fact that over 339 000 cattle were exported live in 2010 is a testament that the system is working well and effectively noted Mr Connolly Live exports provided farmers with an extremely important outlet for cattle and ICMSA is deeply concerned that new regulations will be introduced that will add significant unnecessary costs on the sector ICMSA s opinion is that the current animal transport legislation is perfectly effective and we acknowledge that it is in Ireland s interest that cattle are transported in facilities of the highest standard But it s also quite clear that our customers are happy with the manner in which present stock is being delivered to their destinations and ICMSA has

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2011/05/icmsa-say-proposed-animal-transport-legislation-will-damage-our-live-export-trade-2/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Live Export | I C M S A
    pushing for tougher legislation Ireland must reject any attempt to impose additional unnecessary regulations The current regulations are set at an extremely high level and have been scientifically proven to work effectively Another key indication of efficiency is that buyers of Irish cattle are very happy with the state of the animals when they arrive at their destination and the fact that over 339 000 cattle were exported live in 2010 is a testament that the system is working well and effectively noted Mr Connolly Live exports provided farmers with an extremely important outlet for cattle and ICMSA is deeply concerned that new regulations will be introduced that will add significant unnecessary costs on the sector ICMSA s opinion is that the current animal transport legislation is perfectly effective and we acknowledge that it is in Ireland s interest that cattle are transported in facilities of the highest standard But it s also quite clear that our customers are happy with the manner in which present stock is being delivered to their destinations and ICMSA has on a number of occasions visited and inspected the facilities operated by our leading live exporters These facilities meet every EU standards and can only be described as excellent The live export levels will vary from year to year and act as a pressure valve for Irish farmers when prices are under pressure Our cattle both dairy and beef have developed an excellent reputation and ICMSA is urging the Minister for Agriculture Fisheries and Food to move to a Red Alert status and categorically reject any proposal that may undermine our live export levels concluded Mr Connolly Ends May 26 2011 Kevin Connolly 087 9381173 Chairman ICMSA Beef Cattle Committee Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office h Tagged with live export Search

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/tag/live-export/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA Deputy President tells European farmer demonstration of Irish 'disillusionment' with European Project : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    to a demonstration of farmers staged by the European Milk Board outside the European Parliament in Brussels this morning The ICMSA Deputy President said that legislation currently before the European Parliament and which will be dealt with later before the Council of Ministers will mean the effective deregulation of the vitally important European dairy sector as the quotas setting out production limits are phased out Every single commentator accepted that this deregulation through quota abolition will lead to massive and chaotic price volatility both for farmers and consumers Mr Comer asked what the point of the exercise was Why was deregulation to be considered as an unalloyed good He told his farming colleagues from various Member States of the Union that the ordinary people of Ireland knew to their bitter cost what the end results of regulation were If they ever forgot they had only to contemplate the wreckage of the country s banking sector where a lack of regulation had quite literally bankrupted the state In precisely the same way Mr Comer said that a deregulated dairy market would eventually bring chaos to this important market as supply and demand became increasingly mismatched and subject to professional commodity speculation Referring to comments reported to have been made by the present Irish Commissioner Maura Geoghegan Quinn about the dangers of rising anti Europeanism Mr Comer said that perhaps no section of Irish society had been more pro European than farmers but that their growing disillusionment with the project was based on this glaring contradiction that had the EU monitoring to the most minute degree the people producing the food but seemingly unable or unwilling to interfere at all in the chain that left the food producers at the mercy of those who came after them in the retail chain and

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2011/05/icmsa-deputy-president-tells-european-farmer-demonstration-of-irish-disillusionment-with-european-project/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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