New EU regulation on nature restoration will undermine farming activity, accelerate rural decline and turn large parts of Ireland into nature reserves and glorified theme parks according to the Irish Natura & Hill Farmers Association (INHFA).

Speaking from the National Ploughing Championships, National President Vincent Roddy stated “how the EU regulation on nature restoration will as currently proposed end farming activity across our peat soils including the 300,000ha of drained peatlands.”

These he added are predominately in western areas from Donegal to Cork and through our midlands in Roscommon, Offaly, Westmeath and Longford.”

The proposal is, he continued “an extension of the EU Biodiversity Strategy but critically will provide legal enforcement and binding targets that Member States must deliver on.

These targets and the actions to deliver on them will start to impact within the next two to three years with mid and long term targets applying from 2030 to 2050.

Mr. Roddy has been giving more details to Midwest Radio’s Michael D McAndrew.

 

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