The AGM of the Irish Natura & Hill Farmers Association held in Sligo last Thursday saw Sligo farmers Colm O’Donnell Aclare and Padraig Devaney, Drumcliff assume the roles of President and Vice President. The event which was sponsored by Nutrias animal feeds was addressed by Minister Michael Creed who informed the attendance of over 100 delegates of upcoming challenges around Brexit, CAP and Climate Change.
National President Colm O’Donnell who had already completed a two year term as President was clearly delighted on his re-election for another two years. Incoming Vice President Padraig Devaney has been an active member of the organisation since its establishment in 2015 and had held the post of Sligo County Chair since 2016.
A hill sheep farmer in North Sligo Padraig sees the next two years as make or break for many farmers. The CAP reform, Brexit and possible measures resulting from the Governments Climate Change and Biodiversity emergency announcement will he stated “lead to significant changes in farming practices in the coming years. For this reason he added “the role of the INHFA is vital as we need to ensure that the many farmers whose interests we represent are protected and where possible enhanced.”
The Presidential terms for both Colm and Padraig will run until June 2021 and during this term they will be joined on the INHFA National Council by Sligo National Council Rep Tony Kearins.