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FTMTA President, Mr. Graham McHugh, Introduction

“To promote the highest standards of professionalism in the farm machinery industry”


I would like to express my thanks to my fellow members of the Executive Council of the Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association (FTMTA) for the confidence that they have shown by selecting me to serve as President of our Association for the coming year with a special thanks to my predecessor as FTMTA President, Donal Fitzpatrick. The members of the executive council make a significant commitment to our Association and industry on a voluntary basis.

I have been a member of the Executive Council of the Association for a number of years and have seen the work first hand that our Chief Executive Gary Ryan and his staff put into the running of the association and it is very much appreciated. As a trade association the objective is to provide services to the members which are of benefit to them in the running of their business. The association needs its members to be successful in the running of their business, this ultimately leads to a more professional and sustainable trade. With the move to more sophisticated tractors and machinery by all manufacturers it is important for the agricultural sector in general that the tractor and machinery trade is able to support the farming sector in maintaining and developing its efficiency with regard to the mechanisation of farming.

We have been fortunate to welcome two new Council members this year in Mr. Diarmuid Claridge of Lemken and Mr. Stephen Scrivener of Farmhand. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Executive Council please contact one of the existing Council members.

Tradeshows Update

In 2016 the fourth FTMTA Grass and Muck event held at Gurteen College was the largest such event held by the Association with record numbers of exhibitors and visitors. The feedback that the association received was very positive and we look forward to running the fifth Grass and Muck in 2018. The FTMTA Farm Machinery Show returns to the by now traditional venue at Punchestown Racecourse on February 9th, 10th and 11th 2017. The 2015 Show was the largest such event across all criteria (the number of exhibitors, the amount of exhibition space and the number of visitors) and based on bookings to date we expect the 2017 Show to be even bigger.  The Show will be the flagship event for the Irish farm machinery industry in 2017 and we are grateful for the ongoing support of our exhibitors and visitors.

Training & Education Update

In September 2015 the first group of students entered the new level 7 degree course, Bachelor of Science (Agricultural Mechanisation) at IT Tralee. In September 2016 that first group moved onto second year and the first year course was fully subscribed which is very encouraging. The FTMTA will continue to play an influential role with IT Tralee in the development of this course. This is a mainstream third level course with a high standard required of the students coming into it and with high standards required all the way through but we are confident that it will produce the calibre of Agricultural Technicians needed by our industry at this stage and in the future. I would like to thank all the FTMTA members who have supported this course and encourage all members to consider it if they are looking at the training of new service people. The new course is the training route endorsed by FTMTA for new service people entering our sector and we as an industry need to see it succeeding.

The FTMTA Farm Machinery Industry Training Centre in Naas continues to play an important role as a focal point for ongoing training within the industry with many manufacturers and distributors using the facilities for technical, management and operator training. I ask all manufacturer and distributor member firms to consider the use of the industry owned centre to meet their dealer training needs as well as for customer training and promotional events.

FTMTA Schemes

We are continuously looking for useful schemes for our member firms and we would encourage all members to communicate any ideas they have for the trade to Council members and or staff of the Association. Below is an example of some of the schemes which we have worked on in the last few years, details of which are available through the office.

Pro Dealer Credit Scheme

Classified Advertising Hub for the FTMTA incorporating Done Deal, Farm & Plant and the Irish Farmers Journal /

CRM scheme which was piloted in 2016

Tractor Registration Statistics

Lobbying for the Trade

It is vital that as a trade association we have a collective voice on behalf of our members and once again we would encourage all members to communicate their views on regulations to Council members and or staff of the Association.

Areas which we have worked on recently and will continue to work on are:-

Accelerated capital allowances

TAMS II to incorporate the tillage sector

Sustainable Use Directive and Sprayer Regulations

Trailer regulations

The emission regulations for stage III engines

VAT and VRT registration issues

The Irish agricultural machinery industry including our manufacturing sector is of critical importance to the Irish economy as an essential cog in the farming sector.  Our trade's input into the effective and efficient development of our farming sector will only be possible with a viable trade and the members input into the regulations which affect our industry is critical. Our manufacturing sector continues to go from strength to strength on the world stage with machinery exports and it is encouraging to see a number of FTMTA member manufacturers investing heavily in new or redeveloped facilities. The agricultural machinery manufacturing business is one of the few indigenously owned, export orientated, manufacturing sectors within the Irish economy and is one that we should all be proud of.  

I ask all members to encourage other firms involved in the farm machinery industry to consider joining the Association which continues to strive to be increasingly relevant to existing and potential members. We have successfully attracted a growing number of new members in recent years and that recruitment drive will continue with members and potential members in all areas of the country to be visited on an ongoing basis. 

I trust that we will all enjoy a successful 2017 and I look forward to working with the Executive Council, our Chief Executive and the staff of our association on your behalf as President of our Association.

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