The Agriculture Minister says too much focus falls on the sector to meet Ireland's climate targets.
The Environmental Protection Agency warned last week, despite all current plans, the country will fall short of its 2030 targets.
The state's environmental watchdog says Ireland is only on course to cut emissions by 29% by 2030.
Projections from the EPA show Ireland will miss the 51% greenhouse gas emissions target.
Agriculture is by some distance the largest greenhouse gas emitting sector, accounting for almost 40% of Irish emissions.
But Minister Charlie McConalogue doesn't think it's fair to put all the blame on farmers:
"I think it's unfortunate that the focus falls on agriculture by default whenever the climate is discussed.
"I understand that's because our emissions profile from agriculture is high in Ireland compared to other countries because we don't have the same industrial base in Ireland as other developed countries similar to us do.
"So, therefore, it is a bigger slice of the attention."