Farmers are not happy with the deal that has been agreed on emissions.

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Cabinet has agreed an emissions reduction target of 25 per cent for the agriculture sector.

The number landed on is a 25 per cent reduction by 2030, so it is on the lower end of the 22 to 30 per cent scale.

Fine Gael sources have stressed it will be voluntary for farmers to take part and have added that there will be generous financial incentives for participating.

They say it is about futureproofing farming by paying farmers to plant trees, sink carbon or build solar panels.

A number of opposition parties say the 25 per cent target doesn’t go far enough with People Before Profit calling it an enormous blow to climate activism.

However farmers are also critical of the deal, with the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association saying that going from 22 to 25 per cent emissions reduction has made the difficult impossible.