Speaking after yesterday’s Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Sinn Féin's Martin Ferris has called on Minister Simon Coveney to intervene on the current beef pricing situation that is damaging the Irish farming industry.
The Committee heard from representatives of the Irish Farmers’ Association, the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association, the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association, as well as representatives of the Meat Industry Ireland.
Deputy Ferris said:
“What we heard at committee suggests that our system is deeply flawed when it permits meat factories to apparently determine the quantity of product and price per unit while changing specifications at will.
“This damages farmers’ interests, consumers’ interests, indeed it damages Ireland’s interests. I call on Minister Coveney to intervene, perhaps with the involvement of the Competition Authority or the Monopolies Commission to resolve this situation which for some farmers has turned out to be a crisis.”