Impossible For Farmers To Afford Rising Cost Of Fertiliser - IFA

The IFA is holding its national AGM today.

It's impossible for farmers to afford the rising cost of fertiliser, according to the IFA.

The association is holding its national AGM in Dublin today, with climate change one of the main topics of discussion.

South Leinster Chair Francie Gorman says he's aware of one farmer who paid €6,000 for a load of the fertiliser Sulpha CAN last year, with that rising to almost €20,000 this year.

The Laois man has suggested more anaerobic digesters on farms might be a viable alternative to the use of fertilisers, or investment in genetic modification technology - something he says the EU refuses to do.

Mr. Gorman says CAP reforms over the last 15 years have left them unable to shoulder the costs:

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