Climate & Environment

Climate crackdown on dairy sector will reduce number of tillage farmers, agribusiness leader warns

Barry Larkin of Acorn group says tightening of environmental regulation on dairy farmers will do little to reduce agri emissions

Barry Larkin, chief executive of Acorn Group. Picture: Barry Cronin

The government’s policy to tighten environmental and climate regulations on dairy farmers will only reduce the amount of tillage farms in the country and do little to reduce agricultural emissions, a senior agribusiness leader has warned.

Barry Larkin, chief executive of Acorn Group, a representative body for a number of independent Irish grain merchants, said the clamp down on the nitrates derogation, a special licence that allows farmers to run more intensive operations, will not ...