The Government needs to wake up and see the amazing contribution the agriculture sector makes to Irish life.

That's the view of the Irish Farmers Association boss who says he's extremely disappointed with the emissions deal reached yesterday between the Government parties.

Under the Plan, the agriculture sector will have to reduce carbon emissions by an extra 25 per cent by the end of the decade.

IFA President Tim Cullinan says if the Government doesn't protect the farming sector, there will be devastation in rural Ireland.

Director of Dairy Industry Ireland, Conor Mulvihill says it's a tough road ahead to meet the emissions' targets:

The group representing rural independent TDs say the emissions deal is a kick in the teeth for family farms.

Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath says the effects of this deal will destroy rural Ireland.

Phelim O'Neill is markets analyst with the Irish Farmers' Journal.

He says based on his calculations, the potential loss to the Irish exchequer arising from the emissions deal is around 2.5 billion Euro annually.

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