Beef sector cannot be business as usual – Brian Stanley TD
Sinn Féin Agriculture Spokesperson Deputy Brian Stanley has today welcomed the decision by the beef processors to sit down and talk in relation to beef prices and related matters.
Speaking today, Deputy Stanley said:
“Sinn Féin welcomes the beginning of talks between the key stakeholders in the beef sector. These talks are long overdue.
“It is essential for Irish farmers that progress is made in a number of key areas.
“First of all, beef processors need to recognise that it is impossible for beef farmers to produce at the current price they are being given. The economic reality is that the current price is unsustainable.
“Irish beef farmers must be given a larger percentage of the retail price.
“There are reports that some processors are paying an increased amount per kilo now than prior to the protests. If these reports are true, then it is clear that there is a capacity there for processors to give farmers a fairer price.
“Secondly, the Government has an important role to play in these talks. Minister Creed has to recognise that he is not a bystander; he has a crucial role to play here.
“The onus is on the government to help resolve this matter as it is a crucial issue for rural Ireland.
“The Minister must face the reality that there is practically a monopoly of big players in the beef sector that are dominating how business is done – and that needs to end.
“Sinn Féin welcomes the beginning of the talks, it is vital that the talks are meaningful and we will be continuing to support beef farmers.”