Exempt green fuel from carbon tax, say farmers
WICKLOW members of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association (ICSA) have called for the abolition of the Carbon Tax on marked green diesel as it is having a crippling affect on the Irish farming industry.
As prices continue to rise in pumps, due to the spiralling costs on the price of crude oil attributed to the worsening conflict in the Middle East, the knock-on results have seen pressure put on Irish farmers.
The Carbon Tax, which was introduced in 2010, on average places an extra 3.9 cent on to every litre of fuel. Green diesel now stands at over 90 cent per litre and this is having a detrimental effect on the farmer.
Joe O'Toole, Wicklow Chairman of the ICSA, says, ' this situation has now reached breaking point for Wicklow farmers. Every farm uses agri marked diesel and as prices increase, farmers continue to lose their competitiveness.
'Agricultural contractors in particular are going to be put under significant pressure. This in turn will lead to a greater cost on the farmer as the difference will be moved to the customer too. The incoming Government has a made a recommendation to exempt green diesel from any further Carbon Tax increases and while we broadly welcome that, we feel that a full abolishment of the tax is what is required to eases the financial burden on the Irish agri sector.'