IFA news

Time running out for walkway scheme IFA President Padraig Walshe said that time was running out for the creation of a walkways scheme, which would encourage farmers to open up their lands for recreational tourism. The IFA Hill Committee is organising three major hill conferences over the next number of weeks to highlight the issues facing hill farmers. IFA criticise bio-energy plan IFA Bio-Energy Project Team Leader JJ Kavanagh has said Minister Noel Dempsey’s announcement on bio-energy fails to address the fundamental issue of the need to stimulate the supply and processing of raw material for bio-energy in this country. IFA call for REPS clarification IFA Deputy President Derek Deane has called on Minister for Agriculture Mary Coughlan to provide greater clarification on the specification for the REPS 4 scheme, which is due to be introduced shortly.