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Big multiples to hold sway in new laws

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Daniel McAlinden, Loughrea, on Knock Ash, takes a tight line taking part in the Hygeia Connacht Development League at the 2014 Loughrea Agricultural Show. PHOTO: HANY MARZOUK.

PRIMARY food producers will still remain vulnerable to the whims of the supermarket multiples even in the wake of the proposed new retail legislation, a Galway farm leader claimed this week.

Co. Galway IFA Chairman, Pat Murphy, said that the two basic planks of the new legislation sought by the IFA and primary producers had been omitted from Richard Bruton’s proposals.

“We wanted a ban on below cost selling, and the appointment of an ombudsman essentially to regulate this whole area, but it seems that we’ve got neither in the proposed legislation,” said Pat Murphy.

He said that what happened last Christmas with a supermarket chain practically giving away fruit and vegetables for nothing could quite easily be tried on again with beef, lamb or dairy produce.

“The argument might be put forward by the supermarkets that they take the hit for this below cost selling but at the end of the day the primary producer will be pressurised to take a cut too.

“The problem with all of this is that if the primary producer is squeezed out of the market place – and often these are local farmers – then our food will end up being imported. This is not the way to go either for the producer or the consumer,” said Pat Murphy.

Earlier this year, IFA President Eddie Downey, said that tthe Government’s draft Competition and Consumer Protection Bill would do absolutely nothing to protect vulnerable farmers and suppliers.

He warned that it had to be strengthened significantly to stamp out abuses by retailers and to give greater bargaining power to primary producers and small suppliers.

“The proposed Bill fails to square up to the power of the retailers. Unless the Government moves to substantially strengthen the Bill, it will represent a waste of time and IFA will have no option but to withdraw our support for the legislation”

“The draft legislation as it stands will not stop the outrageous 5c/kg below cost selling that seriously destabilised the Irish vegetable sector last Christmas. Neither is there provision for an independent Ombudsman to investigate complaints and oversee the behaviour of retailers as regards the grocery trade”.

“Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton’s Bill falls far short of what is required to rebalance power in the food supply chain and to stop unfair trading practices by the large retail multiples. The Minister must stop paying lip service to the real concerns of suppliers.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway is top of the table for payments in GLAS

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Galway IFA Chairman, Stephen Canavan

GALWAY tops the league both in terms of payment total and farming numbers for the GLAS environmental scheme, the latest figures from the Dept. of Agriculture reveal.

Almost €13.7 million is being paid out in the 2022 Advance GLAS Payments to 3,951 farmers in Galway – averaging out at nearly €3,500 per farmer.

Mayo comes second on the payments list with over €12.4m being paid out to 3,683 farmers – equating to an average payment of just under €3,400 per applicant.

The importance of GLAS payments to the western seaboard counties is also highlighted by the fact that Donegal comes in third on the pay league, with €9.54m being paid to 3,026 farmers in that county – averaging out at just under €3,200 per applicant.

Galway IFA Chairman, Stephen Canavan, said that the uptake in GLAS across the whole western region highlighted the importance of the scheme to farmers in the more marginal areas.

“While we had hoped that the ACRES would be of a similar nature to GLAS, farmers here in the West still should definitely give serious consideration to applying for inclusion in the new scheme,” said Stephen Canavan.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Five seaweed extracts have been identified as inflammation inhibitors for people with Crohn’s disease

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HUMBLE seaweed – often only thought of in the past as a natural fertiliser – could now be the key to treating millions of people across the world who suffer from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), according to a Teagasc research project.

An estimated six million people globally (40,000 in Ireland) suffer from IBD – also known as Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis – a painful and disruptive condition which in cases can be life threatening.

Now, as part of the latest EU Horizon 2020 Algae41BD project, Teagasc researchers are exploring the identification and development of what are known as ‘small molecules’ derived from seaweed which can provide relief from IBD.

According to the latest edition of the Teagasc TResearch magazine, the project involves research institutes with experiencing in the harvesting and aquaculture of seaweeds and microalgae, as well as gastroenterologists, food and functional food product developers, and the pharmaceutical industry.

Algae, or seaweed, has according to Teagasc been consumed as a human food for thousands of years across Asia, as well as in Central and South America, but in Europe it’s use as a food, functional food, or drug is ‘only just beginning to be explored’.

Teagasc researchers point out that the health benefits of small molecules found in seaweeds and microalgae is a relatively new area of bio-discovery of biodiversity for researchers.

“Marine species of both seaweeds and microalgae have tremendous potential for use as a reservoir of health-beneficial bioactive molecules and food ingredients,” Teagasc state.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Don’t miss deadline for 2023 fodder scheme!

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Roy O'Brien: Reminder of early 2023 fodder scheme deadline.

FARMERS and agri-advisors/consultants have been reminded ‘not to long-finger’ their applications for the 2023 Fodder Subsidy Scheme which has a deadline date in early December of this year.

Galway-Mayo IFA Regional Executive, Roy O’Brien, told the Farming Tribune, that farmers needed to keep in mind the early deadline for the 2023 scheme.

“Payments for this year’s Fodder Support Scheme are due to be paid next month but farmers need to bear in mind the earlier deadline for applications for the 2023 applications.

“We certainly welcome the roll-over of the scheme in 2023 which will be of assistance to many farmers in ensuring that they have enough fodder for the following winter,” said Roy O’Brien.

The deadline date for 2023 applications is Monday, December 5 next and is open to all farmers who had applied successfully for aid in this year’s scheme.

Earlier this month, Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue, confirmed the roll-over of the Fodder Support Scheme in 2023 and urged all 71,000 farmers who had applied for this year’s scheme to do so again for next year.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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