Dif­fi­cult 2017 leaves tillage farm­ers fear­ing for fu­ture

Irish Examiner - Farming - - NEWS - Stephen Cado­gan

Straw im­ported from the UK is cost­ing €60 for an 8x4x3 square bale, says Co Cork tillage farmer Jim O’Re­gan, one of the con­se­quences of a dif­fi­cult sea­son which he says has left many in the tillage in­dus­try, but par­tic­u­larly grow­ers, fear­ing for their fu­ture.

The Kin­sale based farmer, who has been been bal­ing more straw in the first week of Novem­ber than ever be­fore, is one of a group of grow­ers and in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives who at­tended last Fe­bru­ary’s tillage fo­rum.

They have now urged Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Michael Creed to re­con­vene the fo­rum, to up­date on progress and draw up an im­me­di­ate ac­tion plan to save the in­dus­try.

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