Kent scores nar­row vic­tory in ICSA con­test

Irish Independent - Farming - - NEWS -

WEX­FORD farmer Pa­trick Kent has held onto his po­si­tion as ICSA pres­i­dent for a fi­nal two years af­ter a tightly fought con­test.

He nar­rowly de­feated his chal­lenger, ru­ral devel­op­ment chair Sea­mus Sher­lock, by 52 votes to 49.

The suck­ler and sheep farmer said his im­me­di­ate pri­or­ity is to look at get­ting fod­der to farm­ers in bor­der and western re­gions hit by weather-re­lated short­ages.

How­ever, he said both Mer­co­sur and CAP re­form would con­tinue to be crit­i­cal is­sues for the en­tire agri­cul­ture sec­tor.

“We also have to turn the de­bate on cli­mate change to­wards poli­cies which recog­nise the po­ten­tially pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion of farm­ers in terms of more re­new­ables.

“We need to get back the re­spect for farm­ers. In­stead of be­ing blamed for cli­mate change they need to be cred­ited for se­ques­ter­ing car­bon,” he said.

Mean­while, poul­try farmer Nigel Re­naghan is the new IFA Ul­ster/North Le­in­ster re­gional chair­man.

He de­feated James Speares by 1,111 to 787 votes. Mr Re­naghan won six of the seven coun­ties in the re­gion, with Ca­van be­ing the only county to back Mr Speares.

The elec­tion con­test gar­nered some at­ten­tion af­ter IFA Ca­van chair Mr Speares apol­o­gised for com­ments made at a de­bate in West­meath where IFA county chair Ken­neth Bray asked the can­di­dates how the or­gan­i­sa­tion could get more women in­volved.

“James said he was going to crack a joke,” said Mr Bray, and the joke was that ‘women’s feet are smaller, so they can get closer to the kitchen sink’, but it did not go down well. “He also said that women do a lot of work be­hind the scenes on farms,” added Mr Bray.

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