IFA to retain controversial factory levy

Levy of 0.15 per cent on farm sales is collected at 200 meat processors, marts, co-ops and merchants

18th September, 2016
IFA president Joe Healy

The Irish Farmers’ Association has decided to keep its controversial €4.7 million factory levy to retain its “political clout”.

The voluntary levy of 0.15 per cent on farm sales is collected at 200 meat processors, marts, co-ops and merchants. It brings in around one third of the IFA’s annual income.

It has been in the headlines recently because the meat factories in Larry Goodman’s ABP group stopped collecting it after the IFA...

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