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Ferris supports farmers in Beef Price protest

27 September, 2004

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Agriculture, Martin Ferris TD has come out in support of farmers who are refusing to supply cattle to beef processing plants today in protest at cuts in the price paid to farmers.

Deputy Ferris said: "The cut in the price being paid to farmers by the beef processors represents a serious blow to incomes in that sector. As farmers spokespersons have pointed out, if sustained the price cut will mean that farmers will in many instances have produced at a loss.

"Once again this illustrates the extent to which the share of the price charged to consumers that goes to farmers is being squeezed by both the processors and retailers. That is a trend that can be clearly demonstrated going back well over the past decade and is perhaps the most serious issue currently facing farmers in all areas of production, not just in beef. It also illustrates the need for the Government to take a close look at the manner in which prices are fixed, and for the farmers' organisations to have a serious rethink about the way in which the processing sector is structured as corporate interests strengthen their hold to the detriment of producers and consumers." ENDS

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