The Irish Natura & Hill Farmers Association reached a major milestone in their development as the organisation was invited onto of a number of major agricultural committees. The invitations came at their National AGM, held in Sligo which was sponsored by Aurivo Co-op and attended by Minister Michael Creed.
In his address to the 150 delegates the Minister invited the organisation onto the Rural Development Monitoring Committee, the Farmers Charter of Rights Monitoring Committee and the Direct Payments Advisory Committee.
The announcement by the Minister was welcomed by National President Colm O’Donnell who in accepting the invitations stated afterwards, “how this has put the INHFA on an equal footing with other farm organisations and is a major achievement for the organisation which was established only three years ago.”
In those three years stated O’Donnell “we have fought for farmers on the hills and those on designated and marginal land delivering important and significant changes on GLAS, land eligibility criteria and the development of a light lamb market, to name but a few.” Moving forward he continued “ensuring the new CAP deal protects the family farm will be a priority and we look forward to working with the Minister and other stakeholders in ensuring this happens.”
O’Donnell concluded by thanking Main Sponsor of the AGM, Aurivo Co-Op for the support they have provided to the organisation and the wider farming and rural community in Sligo and the North West. He also thanked AIB for their support and looked forward to continued association with them. The final recognition went to Go-Power who the organisation has teamed up with in providing our members with the opportunity to avail of significant savings on their electricity.