Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill today met with Gerry Adams TD and representatives from the Irish Farmers’ Association and the Ulster Farmers’ Union.
Discussions covered a wide range of issues including animal health, the sheep trade, agri-environment schemes and falling commodity prices affecting the farming industry.
Speaking afterwards, Minister O’Neill said:
“I welcome the opportunity of meeting with Mr Adams and the farming representatives to discuss key areas affecting the farming industry, especially in the border area.
“I share the concerns of the industry with regard to the current prices which beef producers are receiving and appreciate that farmers, like everyone else, are operating in difficult times. I would hope that prices will recover in the coming months as we all want to see a profitable and sustainable local beef industry.
”The Minister added:
“I was also grateful for the opportunity of hearing, at first hand, the views of the farming representatives and to discuss areas such as co-operation on animal health issues on the island of Ireland which has the potential to help reduce and prevent the spread of animal disease, facilitate trade and improve the sustainability of farming.”