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MEP HARKIN ‘WALKS ON WATER’ TO SECURE DEAL FOR DONEGAL ORGANIC FARMERS!

first_imgMarian Harkin, MEPThe adoption by the European Parliament’s Agriculture and Rural Development Committee of measures to encourage organic farming in Donegal was very positive for the sector and emphasised the role which an individual MEP could play in influencing EU legislation.This was stated by Independent Marian Harkin who put forward 54 amendments to the present regulations and succeeded in having changes adopted favourable to Irish organic growers….including one with a twist!“My amendments were developed in close consultation with the Irish Organic Farmers & Growers Association and with strong support from my ALDE Group we have delivered a significantly improved basis for the development of organic farming in Ireland throughout the EU”, Marian Harkin said. An accepted Harkin amendment means that in future when Donegal growers were having difficulty in obtaining inputs, such as feed, they can now source it from a distance of 150km which would now include not just the North but Scotland too!“This is in comparison to the Commission’s Draft Report which called for much tighter restrictions for organic growers. This increased distance was achieved by eliminating the stretch of water between Ireland and the UK in the calculation of distance”, she said.The increased use of delegated acts by the European commission had been a constant problem and the changes agreed by the European Parliament had helped to reduce the power the European Commission would have with regard to the implementation of the regulation, Marian Harkin said.She continued:- “The main contentious issue was the proposal by the European Commission to introduce thresholds for pesticide residues on organic farms which might be caused by contamination from other non-organic farms. Thankfully, my amendment to eliminate this penalty on organic farmers was accepted by the Committee. This will allow organic farmers to invest in the sector without the threat of penalties from the European Commission. “The Parliament this week took a very progressive step forward to address many issues which have been inhibiting the growth of organic production to meet the ever increasing demand, and I have been very pleased at the outcome which meets the requirement of Irish growers as individuals and groups. I now hope that the negotiations with the Commission and the Council will take on board the position adopted by the Agriculture Committee”, Independent MEP Marian Harkin concluded.MEP HARKIN ‘WALKS ON WATER’ TO SECURE DEAL FOR DONEGAL ORGANIC FARMERS! was last modified: October 16th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalmarian harkinMEPorganic farmerslast_img read more