The Beef Plan Movement has said it observed the protest by the individual farmers of Ireland and the events that have unfolded by the hour.
It welcomed Minister Creed’s engagement on “a number of occasions as direct dialogue is the only means to moving a process forward”.
In a statement, the national committee of the Beef Plan Movement, said: “All farmers of Ireland, from all farm organisations, do not wish to be in Dublin, as do our farming compatriots across Europe, want to be in their tractors protesting in other European cities.”
Farmers, the statement added, wish to be at home on their farms, tending to their crops and their animals and going about their daily business.
“However, corporate industry are the other key players in the food supply chain and through abuse of their positions, have offered scant regard for farm viability, good security and sustainable agriculture, which is now a growing global trend.”
“Now is the time for leadership – we ask Minister Creed to convene the Beef Market Taskforce next week.”
“December 15th is too far on. The Beef Plan Movement also requests that ABP show leadership and hold discussions with its C&D subsidiary to discount all outstanding legal threats and injunctions, as C&D’s inaction, is now preventing progress.”
“There is a corporate and social responsibility on ABP and MII to rural Ireland in which they operate, as they have benefitted over the years from their farmer suppliers, who double up as consumers.”
‘Gesture of goodwill’
“A gesture of goodwill is required as we approach the festive season. Desperate people call for desperate measures. ABP, MII and C&D have the capacity to release that pressure.”
The Beef Plan Movement, the statement added, recognises and acknowledges the efforts of Minister Creed and Michael Dowling, chair of the BTF, to reconvene of the Beef Taskforce.”
“The ball is firmly in the court of ABP, MII and C&D.” the statement concluded.