Speaking following the publication of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food & Marine report’s on “The future of the Beef Sector in the context of Food Wise 2025”, the President of ICMSA welcomed the report and said that it contained some useful recommendations that if implemented would definitely improve the situation of the beef producer.
Pat McCormack said that while clearly there is no single solution to the income problems of farmers in the beef sector, the recommendations contained in the report, and most specifically the recommendations in relation to price transparency, a review of the beef grid, a dedicated live export section with the Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine, a review of the impact of feedlots and strong opposition expressed to a Mercusor deal were all particularly welcome and would combine to improve the prospects for better incomes from primary beef production.
Mr. McCormack said that the key now was to progress the recommendations and look to see them implemented as a matter of priority. It is essential, he said, that this report does sit on a shelf gathering dust like many of the previous reports on the difficulties in the beef sector.
The recommendations are welcome, but they need to be followed with immediate implementation, concluded the ICMSA President.
Ends 25 June 2019
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