"Beef and dairy farmers across the EU will suffer severely"


"It’s a case that Dublin takes priority again"

"Beef and dairy farmers across the EU will suffer severely"

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"It’s a case that Dublin takes priority again"

Ahead of the meeting with the European Milk Board (EMB) in Brussels today, (July 4th), the President of ICMSA, Mr. Pat McCormack said, that he will be asking the EMB to mount a major EU wide campaign to oppose the Mercusor agreement which if implemented "will do irreparable damage to the EU model of farming which is the family farm structure and makes an absolute joke of the EU’s climate change credentials which have been effectively set-aside for big business".

Mr. McCormack said that the EU and our Government have been scrambling for cover in recent days with “so-called commitments” on climate change from the South Americans and economic assessments that, farmers and the wider community do not believe.

He said, “At this stage, I have to say that I am very concerned that our Government will support this agreement to boost the coffers of such industries as financial services at the expense of rural businesses and in particular farmers, and you would have to say, it’s a case that Dublin takes priority again.”

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“Beef and dairy farmers across the EU will suffer severely if Mercusor proceeds and on this basis, I will be calling on EMB to mount an EU wide campaign so that all EU Governments and our MEPS cannot ignore farmer concerns in relation to their financial sustainability.”

“If national and EU politicians think that the Paris accord will be implemented by the South Americans in the context of the Mercusor deal, they are either very naïve, they ignore history or are simply ignoring the facts so that big business can prosper,” he added.

Mercusor, Mr. McCormack said, represents a “senior hurling” decision for our Government and our MEPs.

They either reject this deal on the basis that it will severely undermine farmers, rural Ireland and its environmental credentials or they abandon us.

“The same applies to all EU Governments and I will be asking EMB to mount this campaign as a matter of priority,” concluded Mr. McCormack.

Image Source: ICMSA \Website

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