Greater communication in supply chain will provide greater fairness for all
Speaking after the inaugural meeting of the Supply Chain Forum took place at Loughry College in Cookstown, Sinn Féin's agriculture spokesperson Oliver McMullan MLA said:
“Today’s meeting, chaired by Minister Michelle O'Neill, is a welcome and positive intervention to firstly identify the gaps and weaknesses of our supply chain and to therefore establish a strategic action plan to address concerns.
“This is an unprecedented think-in involving our primary producers, processors, retailers, banks and other key agri-food stakeholders.
"Recent challenges such as market volatility, new labelling requirements and movement specifications have proven there is need for greater engagement between all elements of our supply chain.
“This forum will provide an opportunity to discuss all of the various needs and expectations across the agri-food industry.
"Sinn Féin is committed to the principle that primary producers must receive a fair price for their produce to guarantee and support the future sustainability of our industry.
“This can be secured through greater all-island market collaboration and confidence building across the supply chain.”