Time is running out for those who wish to change the Forestry Bill. It seems that stakeholders representing plantation owners, processors and the forestry companies have had little success in making significant changes to a bill that has been roundly criticised.

“It is unacceptable that farmers/forest owners are expected to commit to forestry for life when there is no guarantee that the full potential of the crop will be realised, said IFA president Eddie Downey. “IFA strongly believes that farmers must be compensated if the full potential of their crop is not achieved.”