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Brexit threats to Irish agriculture

Written by Robert McHugh, on 21st Apr 2017. Posted in Agriculture

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The President of the Irish Farmers Association (IFA), Joe Healy has met with Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan to discuss the threats posed by Brexit to Irish agriculture. 
 
Healy warned that with 40% of Ireland's agri-food exports going to the UK each year, agriculture is the most exposed Irish sector in the Brexit negotiations.
 
The IFA President also warned that the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland creates an additional serious challenge for Irish agriculture. 
 
IFA will hold a major Brexit event on Monday next, 24th April. EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan, the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed, IFA representatives and industry leaders will speak at the event in Goffs, Co Kildare.  
 
Speaking yesterday, IFA President, Joe Healy said, "The Government’s position on Brexit must reflect the unique difficulties Irish agriculture faces and use all political capital to ensure a strong negotiating stance by European political leaders to achieve the best outcome for farming."
 
Source: www.businessworld.ie 

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