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Ferris calls for lifting of threat to Irish Sugar Beet

22 June, 2005

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Agriculture, Martin Ferris TD, has called on the EU to lift the threat to the future of the Irish sugar beet industry. Deputy Ferris was speaking following the publication of proposals that include a cut of almost half of the price paid for Irish beet. This will place the future of 3,700 growers in danger as well as the jobs in the sugar factory at Mallow.

Deputy Ferris said: "Irish sugar growers must now be made pay the price for deals done by the EU as part of the WTO. The Irish Government must insist that this threat is lifted and that an emergency plan is put into place to save the sector. I would also reiterate my earlier call on the Government to investigate the possibility of retaining both the crops and the jobs at Mallow and Carlow through the production of bio fuels from beet." ENDS

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