IFA President Joe Healy will address the Donegal IFA AGM tonight in Letterkenny.

Donegal IFA Chairman Michael Chance has encouraged all farmers to attend to ensure they are fully informed about important issues for their farm and farm incomes, including the Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) review, Brexit negotiations and the IFA campaign for €200 suckler supports.

Mr Chance said the review of the ANC scheme is a major concern for Donegal farmers, with all of the county either designated as severely handicapped or mountain type land. Payments are worth €18.2m to around 7,950 Donegal farmers, with an average payment of more than €2,000.

The IFA is mounting a strong campaign to ensure that all areas currently in the ANC scheme continue to qualify and payment levels are increased.

Donegal farmers are particularly exposed to the outcome of Brexit. The IFA’s message is that farming and the agri-food sector must be at the top of the agenda in the negations.

At the meeting in Letterkenny, Mr Healy will set out the actions taken by the Association, and the actions planned, to ensure the Government makes a strong case for an outcome that secures as free trade as possible between the EU and the UK, and no reduction in the CAP budget.

The IFA President will also discuss the IFA case for an increase in the level of funding for suckler cows up to €200 per cow.

The meeting takes place tonight at 8pm in the Clanree Hotel.

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