‘Source fodder for farmers in border and western regions struggling
with weather related shortages immediate priority of association’
Sligo News File
Wexford suckler and sheep farmer Patrick Kent has been returned as president of the ICSA for a third term.
Speaking following his election in Portlaoise Mr. Kent said the immediate priority of his association “is to get fodder to farmers in border and western regions struggling with weather related shortages.
He said: “ICSA is actively sourcing fodder to help and is also pushing for Government assistance in the form of transport subsidies and meal vouchers.
“Further down the line, Mercosur and CAP reform will be critical issues in 2018.
Commenting on the threat posed by climate change, he spoke of the
need to turn the debate “towards policies which recognise the
potentially positive contribution of farmers in terms of more
renewables and recognising increased efficiencies in minimising
emissions and proper accounting of sequestration.”
He has pledged to “continue to fight against unfair inspection penalties and insist on payment on time for all schemes.”
Current ICSA rural development chairman Seamus Sherlock was
narrowly defeated in the campaign for the presidency.