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Farming communities can benefit from all Ireland planning

27 January, 2015 - by Oliver McMullan


Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has stated that today’s meeting between the Assembly and Oireachtas committees for Agriculture was productive and sought to address key points affecting farmers across the island.

Speaking today Mr McMullan said:

“Today's meeting between the Assembly and Oireachtas committees for Agriculture was very productive.

“Many issues were discussed including the cross border trade, milk process, CAP reform and the importance of an All Ireland animal health policy.  

“In today’s market and competitive climate it is essential that farmers across the island receive the farm gate price that they deserve. If this is not the case then the industry will not be sustainable and we will find it increasingly difficult to attract young people into the industry.

“We also must ensure that we move towards improving animal health and standardising this across the island. It is a nonsense to think that we have two administrations and sets of standards for livestock that may literally be a field away from each other.

 “Committee members from the Assembly and the Oireachtas agreed to move this debate forward and examine realistic solutions. We are now looking forward to the return trip to Leinster House to see that these issues are advanced to the benefit of all of our farming communities.” 

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