Ex­empt green fuel from car­bon tax, say farm­ers

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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.'

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