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Tensions prompt a ‘time out’ as IFA awaits new leader

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THE Galway IFA AGM, that will select the next county chairman for the coming four years, will not now be held until the end of March, following tensions that have emerged over recent weeks.

Initially it had been hoped to hold the AGM before the end of February but the date has now slipped back to either Monday, March 24 or 31.

‘Divided camps’ within the county in the recent national presidential elections have led to an element of division within the IFA in Galway, according to a number of members who contacted the Farming Tribune.

As of this week, only one candidate – Ardrahan’s Pat Murphy – has nailed his colours to the mast in going for the chairman’s job, being vacated next month by Michael Flynn, as his four year term comes to an end.

There had been some speculation that a branch colleague of Pat Murphy’s – Michael Kelly – could also be throwing his hat into the ring for the ‘chair’ but there has been no confirmation of this.

This week, Pat Murphy told the Farming Tribune that he had already visited about 60 of the county’s 77 branches and that he intended to meet all of them before the AGM.

“At the moment, there are three big issues facing farmers in Galway – the factories’ ongoing manipulation of beef prices; CAP details and the whole entitlements issue as well as the flooding problem affecting tens of thousands of acres across the county,” said Pat Murphy.

Prior to the national presidential elections, there was also the Galway IFA vote for the Connacht Vice-Presidency (now the Regional Chairman) late last year, with Tom Turley winning that contest against current County Chairman, Michael Flynn.

According to a number of IFA sources in Galway, the two votes have ‘taken a toll’  in terms of the unity of the organisation in Galway – with the stalling of the AGM, giving time to the different parties to ‘cool off’.

There also had been some speculation that a ‘more senior figure’ in Galway IFA could be nominated as a ‘unity candidate’ for the chair, but so far there doesn’t seem to have been any support for this move.

The ‘men for the jobs’ positions won’t become much clearer until nomination papers have been sent out to the branches and returned.

As well as the chairman’s position, the vice-chair will also be left vacant as Michael Kelly completes his four year term while other vacancies will occur in the livestock committee, the farm family committee and the National Council representative.

County Chairman, Michael Flynn, told the Farming Tribune that the election that saw him take the chair had also taken place in March and that there was no problem with the March date for this AGM.

“We’ve said all along that our meeting must be scheduled to ensure that our National President, Eddie Downey, will be in attendance. We look forward to having him there as our special guest on the night,” said Michael Flynn.

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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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