February 2, 2023
“EU Committee vote a step in the right direction towards protections for Irish farmers” – Chris MacManus MEP

“EU Committee vote a step in the right direction towards protections for Irish farmers” – Chris MacManus MEP

Sinn Féin MEP’s improvements voted through at Agriculture Committee

Chris MacManus, Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands Northwest, has welcomed the efforts of the European Parliament’s Agriculture and Rural Development Committee to endorse a number of recommendations to addresses the problems of availability and affordability of fertilisers in the European Union. MacManus and a majority of MEPs from the Committee voted in favour of MacManus’s amendments to the European Parliament’s position.

“The MEPs’ proposed changes to the draft recommendations contain many improvements on the Commission’s original communication on the affordability and availability of fertilisers,” said MacManus. 

“These are the right steps towards the development of long-term, sustainable, fertiliser and soil nutrient strategies. The increase of input costs is having a detrimental impact on Irish agriculture and is undermining Irish farmers.”

Despite the recent fall in the price of natural gas, fertiliser companies are continuing to charge farmers extortionate prices. Improvements in the market have simply not filtered down to farmers.

“Make no mistake, corporate greed is responsible for this, and Irish farmers are suffering for it. This was one of the main reasons I tabled amendments to support the use and supply of organic fertilisers. Where possible, organic alternatives should help facilitate a domestic supply particularly to reduce dependency on the chemical fertiliser companies and imports.”

“There is a growing body of evidence that Irish farmers can benefit from moving in this direction. Some suckler farms who have started transitioning to organic fertiliser, in the wake of rising costs have already made savings of up to €50/ac, so there are real alternatives.”

MacManus also highlighted some shortcomings of the proposals adopted by the Committee. “Whilst I am pleased that MEPs voted in favour of improving supports to farmers, there were aspects missing that I intend to seek rectification on in the plenary session on biogas deployment” ENDS

Follow us online

Latest Tweets

I was honoured to attend the opening of a new parkway in Lower Shankill.

This bright new space will be a key asset to the local community, providing families and young people with a place to play, socialise and enjoy. 1/3

Government and Regulator must get to grips with Ireland’s soaring network costs that put upward pressure on electricity bills from October 1st - Darren O’Rourke TD and Senator Lynn Boylan


@orourke_darren @LNBDublin

Archibald calls on Department of Health to continue Women’s Aid funding https://vote.sinnfein.ie/archibald-calls-on-department-of-health-to-continue-womens-aid-funding/ @CArchibald_SF

The longer Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are in government the worse the housing crisis gets – record child homelessness, record high rents, rising house prices and families under increasing pressure from rising mortgage interest rates. @EOBroin


Load More