IFA grain committee chair Mark Browne has said that farmers are furious over cheap imports of animal feed undercutting local Irish grain.
“Many growers are left with stores full of barley due to the importation of feed ingredients,” he said.
“It is inexcusable that merchants would ship feed ingredients half way around the world and not buy Irish grain which is on their own doorstep.
“Farmers are incensed that these non-EU countries, which do not have equivalent standards to Irish grain in relation to sustainability, the environment, GMOs etc, have displaced native barley in livestock rations.”
Browne called for sustainability schemes to be reviewed to ensure that they specified the use of Irish grain and said that even a small reduction in the 157,000t on non-EU maize imported since January would make a huge difference to the Irish tillage sector.
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