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Aid Package does not address needs of dairy farmers - Anderson

8 September, 2015 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has spoken of her dissatisfaction that the aid package proposed by the EU Agri Commissioner, Phil Hogan.

"When Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill and I met with Commissioner Phil Hogan on behalf of local dairy farmers we pushed for an increase in the current intervention rate and also raised the issue of making supply chain work better to ensure that farmers receive a fair and equitable return for their produce.

"We highlighted the need for a substantial financial package for the North, as our farmers have the complication of a weak euro, making their exports to the Eurozone more expensive. 

"While the funding announced yesterday is welcome, it does not go far enough. 

"The impact it will have once it is stretched over 28 member states, concerns me. The special aid package does not reflect the needs of one of our most important industries, the dairy sector. 

"Michelle O'Neill has been pushing tirelessly for a raise in the intervention price and although British Environment Secretary, Liz Truss and the EU Agri Commissioner, Phil Hogan, failed to recognise the north as a unique case, I have no doubt that Michelle O'Neill will continue do all that she can to make sure that the share the north receives is based on need and reflective of our vulnerability." ENDS

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