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Emissions targets are a ‘crazy attack’ on rural Ireland

FARM leaders and opposition politicians have warned that the 25% emissions reduction for the agricultural sector – agreed last week by the Cabinet – could have massive negative implications for farming and the rural economy over the coming years.

Two former Ministers have accused the Government of going ‘for the soft touch option’ and of launching ‘a crazy attack’ on the farming community, with their latest emissions’ targets.

Former Minister of State, Deputy Seán Canney, described the 25% reduction in agricultural emissions between now and 2030 as ‘a PR stunt without any back-up details’.

“The passing of the Climate Action Bill set in train this crazy attack on farming. The Bill was supported by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael backbench TDs, so they just cannot blame the Greens,” he said.

He added that with only vague promises of financial supports and no money in place, young people would find it difficult to stay farming.

“This knee-jerk reaction from the Government will pose serious problems for family farms around the country,” said Deputy Canney.

According to Roscommon-Galway Independent TD, Denis Naughten, the ‘sad reality’ of the situation was that agriculture was now being treated as ‘the soft touch’ in terms of emissions reduction targets.

He also said that the Government must assure the farming sector that if their 2030 emissions reduction targets are not met in other sectors, then agriculture cannot be asked again for further reductions.

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