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High Court ruling must be catalyst to reform of Farm Inspection regime - Carthy

5 July, 2016 - by Matt Carthy MEP


Following the high court ruling in favour of a farmer who challenged key aspects of the Department of Agriculture’s inspection regime, Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy has said Minister Creed must ensure that this marks a catalyst to reforming the entire on-farm inspection process.

 

Carthy, who is a member of the European Parliament’s Agriculture & Rural Development Committee said,

 

“Farm inspections are necessary to ensure the high standards of Irish farming is maintained but the manner in which they are carried out needs to drastically improve.

 

“With the ongoing crisis in many sectors farmers are already under increasing pressure.  The nature of the department’s inspection regime, particularly the practise of no-notice inspections, often adds to the stress of farm families.  This was likely the rationale behind the farmer who took this case over the lack of notice he received for an inspection and the lack of a Control Report from the Department of Agriculture

 

“Sinn Fein has consistently supported Farm organisations in their calls for an overhaul of the entire inspection process.  There is a way in which consumers can be assured of the quality of their food without causing havoc on farms through invasive inspections.  Following this high court ruling it is beyond time that Minister Creed proceed where he’s predecessors failed and work to ensure that the on-farm inspection process is made fairer for farmers.” ENDS

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