Retailers should be involved in the beef talks - Martin Kenny TD
Sinn Féin TD for Sligo, Leitrim, North Roscommon and South Donegal Martin Kenny is calling for retailers to be included in the talks to resolve the dispute between beef farmers and meat processors.
Deputy Kenny said:
“I welcome talks. The only way out of the current impasse is through dialogue and negotiation.
“However, I feel that all stakeholders should be involved in the talks and Irish retailers are key to the process of bringing beef from the farm to the dinner table. The representation of Irish beef as being of the highest quality in the world needs to be reflected in the price farmers receive.
“I have written to a number of the large retailers in Ireland asking them are they prepared to make some concessions on three important issues, namely the 30-month age limit, 70 days on Quality Assured farms and the four movement rule. These issues can significantly impact on the price farmers receive for their cattle.
“I hope that Minister Creed will be more proactive in these talks and not just a neutral observer. He is, after all, the Minister for Agriculture and should stand up for the interests of Irish farmers and not corporate multi-nationals.
“The survival of the Irish beef industry depends on the Irish farmer getting a better price for their product. Are processors and retailers prepared to take a slightly lower margin to ensure Irish farmers stay in business?”