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Government needs to step up its role in Beef sector talks – Brian Stanley TD

14 August, 2019 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Féin’s spokesperson for Agriculture Brian Stanley TD has today called for the Government to play a greater role in relation to the beef sector talks.

Speaking this afternoon, Deputy Stanley said:

“Sinn Féin welcomes the fact that much needed talks have been held in the beef sector.

“We are glad to hear that some progress has been for Irish beef farmers.

“It is important; however, that progress is made in a number of key areas.

“First of all, farmers simply cannot continue to produce beef at the current rate per kilo which they are being given. It is uneconomical for beef farmers to receive just 20% of the final retail value of their produce.

“The beef processor plants need to recognise this is if we want our beef sector to continue.

“Secondly, it is essential that Fine Gael and Minister Creed do not act as bystanders in this process.

"The Irish government has a crucial role to play in ensuring that the Irish beef sector is sustainable into the future.

“We need to see an effective monitoring system of the beef sector put in place by the government.

“Minister Creed has to ensure that there is an improved monitoring of what is happening in the factories in terms of grading and stamping out any sharp practices that may exist.

“Irish beef farmers require transparency in regards to pricing on a day-by-day basis. This can and must be enforced.

“The government also has a responsibility to ensure that the near monopoly situation enjoyed by some of the big players in the industry is brought to an end and the government needs to take action if necessary by legislation.” 

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