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Coveney must stand up for beef farmers – Ferris

8 April, 2016 - by Martin Ferris TD

Martin Ferris TD, Sinn Féin’s agriculture spokesman, has called on acting minister Simon Coveney to “do his job and stand up for Irish beef farmers” as reports suggest that the Mercosur countries, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela are to be offered bigger quotas for the export of their beef to the EU market. 

Deputy Ferris said:

“I am very concerned by reports that the European Commission is offering the Mercosur countries bigger import quotas for beef to the EU.

“Irish farmers must be protected against unfair competition from countries which do not maintain the high standards demanded and met by Irish farmers and consumers and which are obligatory in the EU.

“Does Simon Coveney think that our own beef farmers, who have struggled to survive low beef prices and unfair penalisation by the big processors can now be asked to compete with duty-free imports from Latin America?

“The acting minister seems to have other priorities at the moment in trying to cobble together a government but it he should do his job and stand up for Irish beef farmers in Brussels and if he won’t then Enda Kenny should talk to the president of the Commission, Jean Claude Juncker to put a stop to any negotiation which involves importation to the EU of agri-food products in sectors which are already vulnerable here.”

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