… The goal has sparked furious debate in Ireland, with the peak farming lobby raising concerns about the livelihoods of farmers and the possibility of decreasing herd sizes. It is part of an overall goal to reduce carbon emissions by 51pc…
Ireland introduces potentially herd reducing emissions target
Eric Barker, Beef Central (Australia)
IRELAND has been added to the list of countries to make a commitment to dramatically cut agricultural emissions – aiming for a 25 percent reduction between the years of 2018 and 2030.
The goal has sparked furious debate in Ireland, with the peak farming lobby raising concerns about the livelihoods of farmers and the possibility of decreasing herd sizes. It is part of an overall goal to reduce carbon emissions by 51pc.
Ireland has become the third country in recent months to make controversial legislation about agricultural emissions – with The Netherlands and New Zealand also making big commitments.
Irish Farmers’ Association president Tim Cullinan said the deal to implement the target was about the survival of the Government rather than survival of rural Ireland.
“The Government has agreed to a target without any pathway to get there or any budget to assist farmers to reduce emissions,” Mr Cullinan said.
“They have no idea of the economic and social impact of today’s decision on the farming sector or rural Ireland. Farmers across the country will be rightly worried about what this means for their future.
“The implementation plan to achieve the target will be vital. I want to make it clear that any attempt to undermine farmers livelihoods or the viability of sector, in order to achieve these targets, will be opposed vigorously by the IFA.”
Irish environment minister Eamon Ryan today penned an editorial about the legislation in the Irish Examiner, where he addressed the farming lobby’s concerns.
“While I understand these concerns, I don’t agree with them,” Mr Ryan said.
“This agreement is actually about ensuring that Irish family farms can thrive, can diversify their income streams, and can be fit for purpose to meet low carbon agri-business and consumer demands.
“However, while it’s important that we have healthy and robust debate, and ongoing scrutiny of Government decisions, the big task now is to put in place, at scale and at speed, the systems, supports, and infrastructure we need to implement the ambitions of this agreement.”
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