IFA President Tim Cullinan has responded to comments made by the EPA about agricultural emissions.
Speaking in Mayo today following comments made in the media this week by Laura Burke, Director General of the EPA, he said, “singling out a specific sector is unhelpful and unfair on farmers”. Claiming that farmers are already taking positive steps to make their farms more sustainable
Mr. Cullinan said farmers have achieved economic growth in the sector, not by driving emissions up, but by improving productivity, increasing efficiency and adopting more sustainable farming practices.
Based on the EPA’s 2021 inventory report, emission levels for the industry are on a par with 1995 levels.
The IFA President says during the same period emissions from other sectors, such as transport, have increased massively.
He said that farmers are willing to do more to mitigate emissions, but they must be supported as he has been outlining to Midwest Radio’s Michael D McAndrew.