Brendan Smith: Urgent need to protect farming and agri-food sector 

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Brendan Smith, has reiterated his call for the government to ensure that farming and the agri-food sector are not adversely impacted by sectoral emissions targets.

Deputy Brendan Smith commented, “It is essential that the importance of this sector in its very sizable contribution to the national economy and also its role in food security are taken fully into account in all assessments in relation to emissions reductions.” 

The Cavan and Monaghan TD added: “Over many years a very modern and progressive farming and agri-food sector has been developed with very significant investment by the State, the European Union and by the farming community.  

“Our farming systems and food production are environmentally friendly and sustainable and their role in food production and food security should not in any way be underestimated,” concluded Deputy Smith.