The Chairperson of ICMSA Livestock Committee, Michael Guinan, said that the news was a very welcome signal that when real effort and focus is expended on opening up export markets for beef that success can follow. Mr. Guinan paid tribute to the skill with which the negotiations were conducted and he urged a similar level of concentration to be brought to the ongoing talks with Algeria and Morocco which are believed to be at a very advanced level.
“The Turkish market we’ll be aiming at seems quite specific: young bulls under 12 months,under 300 kgs from the suckler herd but the numbers are potentially very impressive, France exported 180,000-odd head there last year. Can we realistically think in terms of 20,000 or 25,000 head? Because that would make a significant difference to the back-end glut that we’ve been warning about since before last Christmas. The danger here is that this development just stops at the announcement – as was the case with the Egyptian market which we were told last February 15 was open for exports and to which not a single head has been sent since. The Department and Bord Bia will now have to get together and put in a marketing team and proportionate budget that translates this announcement into actual revenue. We’re happy to take this announcement ‘on board’ but farmers will need to see delivery on the announcement and, moreover, we look forward to seeing similar announcements in relation to the Maghreb markets – particularly as we begin to see oil prices inching up and restoring some degree of buying power to those economies”, said Mr. Guinan.
Michael Guinan, 086-8766851
Chairperson, ICMSA Livestock Committee
Cathal MacCarthy, 087-6168758
ICMSA Press Office