COURTMACSHERRY farmer Harold Kingston has promised to fight the farmers’ corner in relation of environmental measures proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency following his appointment to the Advisory Committee of the EPA.
IFA president Joe Healy has welcomed the decision by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment Denis Naughten to appoint Mr Kingston, who farms near Courtmacsherry with his wife, Violet, and their two children. He said: ‘The current updating of the national river basin management plans, the review of the nitrates regulations next year and the ongoing climate negotiations require the strong farming perspective that Harold Kingston will bring to the discussions as a member of this committee.’
Mr Healy added: ‘Harold Kingston’s previous experience as chairman of the IFA National Environment and Rural Affairs Committee, and as founding member of the on-farm cost savings initiative Smart Farming will ensure he brings solid experience to the table.’
Harold Kingston, who is currently chairman of Cork Central IFA, declared: ‘With the support of IFA, I will continue to challenge the EPA to “logic-proof” environmental measures proposed. I will also seek acknowledgement of the significant efforts and recognition of the investment farmers have made in improving the agri-environment.’