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'Massive challenge' for farmers to reach 25% emissions target

Aug 24, 2022 16:00 By News Northern Sound
'Massive challenge' for farmers to reach 25% emissions target
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'Cavan farmer Adam Woods says the technology is already on farms to reach 16% or 17%'

The 25% emissions reduction target that farmers are facing is going to be a massive challenge.

That's according to Cavan farmer and agri-reporter with the Farmers Journal, Adam Woods who was speaking to Northern Sound today at the Virginia Show.

Mr Woods says the technology is already on farms to reach 16% or 17% but the other 8% is going to be difficult to achieve.

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He added the target won't be reached without a reduction in the national herd.

Mr Woods also pointed out that dry-stock farmers, in particular, are heavily reliant on support payments, and a reduction in cattle numbers there will leave them even more depended on supports.

"If we look at margins in 2021 versus 2022 we are probably working off similar margins," he continued.

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"Input prices are up but so too are commodity prices - but they needed to come up because of the price of fertiliser, feed and fuel.

"Farmers are dealing with huge cost increases on farms.

"It's been a good year weather wise and the mood is positive out there among farmers."

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