EU Commissioner for Agriculture says ‘Farm to Fork’ must be re-visited

The EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Janusz Wojciechowski said the EU Farm to Fork policy will have to be re-visited in light of food security concerns.

Mr. Wojciechowski was addressing the IFA National Council in the Irish Farm Centre, a meeting which was attended by Roscommon IFA Chairman, Pat Leonard.

Mr. Leonard said the Commissioner acknowledged the need for EU policy including Farm to Fork to be adjusted to respond to the current food security crisis.

“He acknowledged that the huge increase in input costs was putting huge pressure on farmers and food production. As Agriculture Commissioner he committed to seek more support for the sector at Commission level,” Mr. Leonard said.

The discussion also included future CAP funding at European level. The Commissioner outlined the need for increase funding at European level for future CAP programmes, pointing out that current CAP funding amounted to just 0.3 per cent of EU GDP.

The EU Commissioner also referred to the import balance between social economic sustainability, along with environmental sustainability.

Mr. Leonard said the Commissioner’s visit to the Farm Centre was an important opportunity to engage on a range of issues impacting Irish farming.

“Food security is a crucial issue, particularly with the upheaval caused by the war in Ukraine and the massive spike in input costs. The meeting with Commissioner Wojciechowski allowed IFA representatives the opportunity to highlight the concerns of farmers across the country,”  Mr. Leonard said.