Speaking in advance of the seminar, agricultural consultant Phillip Farrelly said, “Climate change presents a real and definitive challenge to Irish agriculture, and it will take a coordinated effort by all stakeholders to mitigate the impact.
“Compared to other European countries and the USA, agriculture plays a larger role in our economy and, therefore, the importance of addressing the potential impacts of climate change on agriculture including the abatement of emissions to reduce risks. The Rural Development Plan 2014-2020 is addressing climate by funding actions that will help reduce the impacts of climate change. Funding is being made available for energy efficiency in the farming sector and the promotion of climate friendly, low carbon agricultural practices that are aimed at reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions from agriculture and increasing resilience. Farmer participation in the GLAS Scheme, Beef Data Genomics Programme (BDGP), Organic Farming Scheme (OFS), Knowledge Transfer (KT) Scheme, and the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme (TAMS) are designed to help address climate action. It is important that all stakeholders in Ireland’s agricultural sector combine their efforts to promote change and best practice thus encouraging farmers to adapt to technologies which will ultimately help reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions from the sector and enhance resilience,” said Mr Farrelly.
The seminar is free to attend. Register at www.tinyurl.com/tullamoreclimate.