Farm protest

Roscommon IFA travelled in large numbers to the national protest attended by over 10,000 farmers in Dublin on Thursday last to voice their opposition to the Mandelson deal. Mr. Bernard Donohue, Chairman, Roscommon IFA County Executive said the consequences of a Mandelson deal would be the destruction of the Irish beef industry and of jobs and wealth on an unprecedented scale. ‘The meat factories, marts, co-ops and agri-businesses are standing shoulder-to-shoulder with us in this campaign.’ IFA gave a clear message to President Barroso who attended the Forum at Dublin Castle. If Irish farmers are sold out in Geneva, IFA will not ask farmers to support a Commission that has destroyed the future of farming and the food industry in this county. Farm plastics collections Three farm plastics collection dates are planned for the county for this week. Plastic will be collected at the Old Road Depot, Hughestown, N4, Boyle on Saturday, 26th April, at Roscommon Mart on Tuesday, 29th April and at Elphin Mary on Thursday next, May 1st. Farmers with the label code will be able to deposit up to half a tonne of silage plastic (300 wraps) at bring centres for €35. The label code is provided to farmers on invoices / receipts for silage plastic and proves that the recycling levy has been paid.  All collection vehicles have weighing equipment installed, which will provide farmers with accurate weights and receipts for plastic deposited. For further information contact Liam Moloney, General Manager, IFFPG on (01) 4089966, email