ICSA is calling on the Department of Agriculture and the EU to give farmers positive incentives to adapt their farm structures and production methods to meet the challenge of climate change.
With an increasing concentration of GHGs in the atmosphere and 25% of that related to land use there will be a need to address how Irish Farming can reduce Energy and transport costs,” said ICSA Connaught/Ulster vice president, John Flynn.
“Indeed how can we adapt to keeping less cattle if a report concludes that livestock is responsible(globally) for 18% of harmful gas emissions. Is it sensible to drop agri-environmental schemes when it is clear they have significant potential to curb emissions and enhance carbon sinks?” he said adding that smallholders and subsistence farmers will be particularly affected as they have less capacity and means to adapt.
“Farmers cannot shoulder the burden of climate change alone but they are willing to help,” said Mr Flynn.