Following a meeting of ICMSA officers in the Glanbia region to discuss the Glanbia Ireland proposal, the President of ICMSA, John Comer said that after a long debate on the merits and demerits, the view of the meeting was that ICMSA would support the proposal with the benefits and potential benefits outweighing the concerns that were expressed.
Mr. Comer confirmed that a number of specific issues were raised at the meeting, notably the costs of inputs supplied by Glanbia Agribusiness, the future of liquid milk producers and a very clear view emerged from the meeting that there can be absolutely no link between the price of milk to suppliers and the purchase of inputs from Glanbia Agribusiness. “Farmers operate in a competitive environment where every euro counts and they must be free to purchase their inputs from the most competitive outlets available so the proposed new entity cannot – and must not – put any barriers to such competition and freedom to purchase from any source. ICMSA has raised these matters directly with Glanbia who acknowledged the concerns and we’re confident that, if approved, the new entity will address these issues”, said Mr. Comer.
“In the event of Glanbia suppliers following the ICMSA recommendation and – subject to the provisios mentioned – going on to approve the proposal then it’s crucial that the new entity delivers for farmers in terms of milk prices and competitively priced inputs and vindicates the farmers’ decision to support the proposal”, concluded Mr. Comer.
Ends 15 May 2017.
John Comer, 087-2057846
Cathal MacCarthy, 087-6168758
ICMSA Press Office