Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Teagasc Annual Report 2018: Discussion

Professor Gerry Boyle:

Deputy Cahill mentioned about farmers feeling under siege.

It is on this issue, more than any other, that farmers feel that. One of the messages we hope to get across in our signpost farm initiative is that farmers generate emissions through their activities but they also contribute to sequestration. While there are technical issues about the credit to be given for sequestration and grasslands, we continue to do research and hopefully, in time, it will be included in the so-called national inventory.

Other Deputies have raised issues about the inclusion of woodlands, hedgerows and so forth, and that is a positive indication of what farmers can do to offset emissions.


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