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Minister must get up and stand up for farmers in crisis – Ferris

13 April, 2016 - by Martin Ferris TD

Sinn Féin’s Martin Ferris TD said that there seems to be a distinct lack of interest among the potential government parties about the crisis in Irish agriculture.

Speaking from Kerry today, Deputy Ferris said:

“I am hearing about discussions to form a government but nothing about the reality of farmers’ lives, many of which have been devastated by dropping prices and the unwillingness of the banks to ease up on their agricultural customers in these circumstances.

“While high profile cases, such as the traumatic seizure by ACC Bank of the Kingston family's herd in Co Cork, will make headlines for a day, I see very little about the thousands of farmers living in quiet despair because there are getting less than the cost of production for their produce and are in trouble with the banks.

“The sharp drop in milk prices has left farmers in crisis and the news from the EU that our borders will be opened to 78,000 tonnes of Latin American beef will do little to comfort beef farmers who will see their meat undercut in the EU market by a product that does not meet the same high standards as Irish beef.

“We might be awaiting the formation of a new government, but the existing minister would want to get up and stand up for Irish farmers. Intervention price for milk must be increased at EU level and imports of cheap meat from the Americas must be stopped.”

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