Agriculture Secretary Charlie McConalogue has reassured cattle farmers of his support for the sector and his confidence in meeting the emerging goals of the climate action plan.
The government is working to set its sectoral targets for 2030 under the Climate Change Plan before the end of July, Agriculture Secretary Charlie McConalogue has confirmed.
The comments came at the Teagasc Beef 2022 Open House, held in Grange, Co. Meath on Tuesday.
The minister assured the cattle breeders present that the target set for agriculture will allow the level of production to be maintained at the current level.
“Like all other sectors of the economy, we must make a contribution to reducing our emissions in the coming years. We are in the process of setting a sectoral target and there is no doubt that the target must be ambitious, but above all it must be proportionate,” said Minister McConalogue.
“We produce food really well and efficiently, and we will strive to reduce our carbon footprint whenever we can.”
The climate protection plan stipulates that agriculture must reduce its emissions by 22 to 30 percent by 2030.
Minutes later, during an address to the same audience, Teagasc Director Professor Frank O’Meara said that even if it ranks at the bottom end of the scale at 22%, agriculture will struggle to meet its goal with currently available technologies .
“The minister has to go to the Dáil every year and give an account of the target so this is a new reality for us,” Prof O’Meara continued.
“We must all realize that we cannot ignore these goals. Climate change is the biggest problem in the world.”
Meanwhile, the minister claimed that by adopting emission reduction methods early on, such as B. reducing the age of slaughter, will be able to meet the requirements of the sectoral target to be announced soon.
The article “Beef should be slaughtered to meet emissions targets” in the Irish Times on Monday 4 July was highlighted by the Minister on the day.
“I read an article in the media yesterday in which an economist was calling for cattle herd reduction as a form of sacrificial lamb and it angered and annoyed me.
“Although dairying has been an attractive avenue with good margins, that doesn’t mean the government will turn its back on cattle farmers, quite the opposite.”
https://www.independent.ie/business/farming/news/farming-news/government-to-set-sectoral-targets-under-climate-action-plan-before-end-of-month-41817408.html Government to set sectoral targets under climate protection plan before end of month