Oct 302013
 

The President of ICMSA, John Comer, has said that today’s announcement by the Irish Dairy Board (IDB) of a €20 million investment in Saudi Arabia represents a significant step forward in securing the new markets that will be necessary to take the expansion in dairy exports likely in the post-quota era. Mr Comer said that a massive ‘gearing up’ was taking place right across the Irish dairy sector and that many of his own milk supplier members were beginning to put in place the systems necessary for the expansion of milk that will follow the ending of quotas. The potential for Irish dairy exports was very substantial and that potential would be realised if the Government approached questions pertaining to farming and agri-processing in a logical, lucid fashion that recognised that the foundation platform for the whole multi-billion euro sector was still – and would continue to be – the viability of the family farm. “A very good day for the Irish food sector and more of the same, please”, said the ICMSA President

 Ends.     30 October 2013.

 John Comer, 087-2057846

President, ICMSA.

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Cathal MacCarthy, 087-6168758

ICMSA Press Office