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Ferris highlights effect of fuel increases on farmers and fishermen

30 June, 2004

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Agriculture, Martin Ferris TD, attempted to have the Dáil adjourned to discuss the effect which rising fuel and energy costs are having on the incomes of farmers and fishermen. Deputy Ferris' motion referred to the manner in which such costs were outstripping the prices being received for produce and thus helping to depress income levels.

Deputy Ferris said:

"Statistics from the CSO show that while the prices paid to farmers and fishermen have declined, motor fuels have risen by 50% since 1995 and overall energy costs by 43%. This is having an extremely detrimental effect on farming and fishing incomes and points to the need for the Government to take action in this area. It appears that while farmers and fishermen are subject to constant pressure on the prices which they receive for their produce, that certain retail sectors can impose increases way out of line with those in other sectors of the economy. It is vital that the Government address this as a priority in order to address at least one aspect of the problem of declining incomes". ENDS

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