The targets set out in the Government's climate action plan are very demanding for agriculture- that's according to the IFA's Galway-based President Joe Healy.

The plan, launched yesterday, aims to cut Ireland's carbon emissions on a sustained basis up to 2030, which will be backed by annual increases in carbon tax.

It contains 183 measures which Environment Minister Richard Bruton says will involve radical change in the way we do things.

Roscommon-Galway Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice has described the ambitious plan as "a savage attack" on rural Ireland.

He gives an example where a farm's agricultural contracting bill could increase by hundreds of euro per year by increasing taxes on petrol and diesel.

IFA President Joe Healy says the plan would have a significant impact on rural Ireland, and told Midwest News that the infrastructure would need to be put in place by Government to implement the actions set out in the Teagasc roadmap on reducing emissions....


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