ICSA warns demands of environmental body could double price of agriculture diesel.

‘Lunatic proposal suggests we should all go back to the scythe and pitchfork.’

Sligo News File Online.

The Chairman of the ICSA rural development committee Seamus Sherlock has said the pre-budget submission by the Environmental Pillar to change the tax treatment of agricultural diesel could double the cost of the fuel.

The proposal, which he characterised as “lunatic”, “essentially suggests that we should all go back to the scythe and pitchfork,” he said

Seamus Sherlock, chair, ICSA Rural Development Committee.
Seamus Sherlock, chair,
ICSA Rural Development Committee.

Mr. Sherlock said it was accepted globally that agricultural diesel should be heavily discounted because agricultural machinery uses large quantities of diesel to harvest silage and cereals, as well as cultivating the land.

“This is the reality of food production. It represents a method of supplying food at the lowest cost in the most efficient manner.

He said the proposal by the environmental block, which he attacked as “lunatic”, “essentially suggests that we should all go back to the scythe and pitchfork.

“Are they seriously advocating an Amish lifestyle on a global level in order to feed the world?”

Stating that the ICSA “is totally opposed to any changes which would make diesel as expensive as petrol,” he said “diesel is the fuel which transports all inputs and outputs in our agri-food export sector.

“All proposals to increase diesel taxes on a unilateral basis in Ireland represent a spectacular own-goal in terms of competitiveness. As an exporting nation on the periphery of Europe, these dangerous flights of fancy must be opposed by all sensible politicians.”