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Bairbre de Brún to raise FWMS and support for diary industry with Fischer Boel

28 October, 2008 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Bairbre de Brún to raise FWMS and support for diary industry with Fischer Boel
Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún along with Irish MEPs Marian Harkin and Mairead McGuinness will meet with senior officials from EU Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel's cabinet in Brussels tomorrow morning, Wednesday 29th October to discuss the Farm Waste Management Scheme.

Ms de Brún will raise concerns about the payments scheme regarding work to implement the nitrates directive and the need for greater support for the milk industry given the disastrous drop in farmgate price.

Ms de Brún said:

Along with other Irish MEPs I will be putting forward the case for flexibility to be built into the payment system in terms of the deadline for completion of work by farmers in respect of the Farm Waste Management Scheme.

This summer's weather was the worst on record. There have been a number of consequences for local farmers, not least the ability to spread slurry and getting the building works under the FWMS completed and also the issue of machinery getting bogged down on farmland.

"I will also raise the plight of dairy farmers following the price per litre at last week's milk auction, down 7p on last month and significantly lower than the 32.39p per litre last October. This represents a collapse in the farmgate price.

Prices at this level mean that it is costing more to produce the milk than they are able to get at auction. Clearly this is not sustainable.

It is vital that we all work together to persuade the European Commission to respond positively. I will be raising these issues at this weeks meeting with senior officials from Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel's cabinet. ENDS

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