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Price must be on the agenda at Beef Forum talks – Ní Riada

11 November, 2014 - by Liadh Ní Riada MEP


Speaking from the European Parliament in Brussels this morning, Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has called upon Minister Simon Coveney to intervene immediately in order to relieve the pressure on live-stock farmers stemming from rock-bottom prices for beef and growing costs.

“As they come to the end of their second large-scale national protest, it is heartening to see the unity amongst the farming and rural community, as well as the wide public support for their campaign.

“I welcome the progress made by the IFA and ICSA in their recent negotiations with the meat producers on specifications issue. That said, it is clear that talks cannot just focus on specifications and other concerns. Price must be part of any negotiations, and I am calling on Minister Coveney to ensure that the issue of market price returns is on the agenda at the Beef Forum talks that he will host tomorrow.

“Farmers cannot be expected to work for free, nor to take a loss on their product. We take great pride in our farming sector and the tremendous and wold quality foods we produce. The government must end its lip-service and act now to secure the future of our agricultural sector and our rural communities.” 

Chur praghas ar chlár cainteanna fóram mairteola – Ní Riada

Ag labhairt ó Parlaimint na hEorpa sa Bhruiséil inniu, d'éiligh an Feisire Eorpach de chuid Shinn Féin Liadh Ní Riada ar an tAire Simon Coveney beart de réir a bhriathar, agus crioscaíl a dhéanamh chun cabhrú le feirmeoirí atá i mbunc maidir leis an bpraghas íseal do mhairteol.

“Agus feirmeoirír i mbun agóide arís don dara uair is maith an rud é domhsa an t-aontacht atá i measc an phobail tuaithe agus i measc feirmeoirí a fheiceál, maraon leis an tacaíocht leathan atá ann dá bhfeachtas.

“Cuirim fáilte roimh an dul chun cinn atá bainte amach ag an IFA agus an ICSA i dtaobh sonrúcháin san idirbheartaíocht is déanaí leis na monarchana feola. É sin ráite tá níos mó ná sonrúchán le phléigh. Tá sé riachtanach go mbeidh praghas mas ábhar lárnach i gcainteanna idir feirmeoirí agus tairgeoírí móra. Éilím ar an tAire Coveney an chlár a leathnú agus filleadh ar phraghasanna margadh a chuir ar an gclár don fóram mairteola amárach.

“Ní féidir le feirmeoirí obair go deonach, agus ní chóir dóibh a n-ainmhithe a dhíoladh ar chailliúnt. Táimíd go léir thar a bheith bródúil as ár n-earnáil feirmeoireachta. Tá mé ag súil le roinnt gníomhaíocht ón rialtas ar an ábhar seo.

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