Beef Plan Movement will hold a protest over the Mercosur deal on Wednesday (July 10th) outside Dáil Éireann.
It is calling on all small businesses, farming and rural organisations and cattle and sheep breed societies to come out in unison to voice their anger at the current crisis occurring across the Irish beef and sheep sectors.
Feed merchants, fertiliser suppliers, fuel suppliers, co-ops, veterinary practices, AI companies, farm contractors and the haulage and transport industries, and all those who rely heavily on the agricultural sector are being asked to join the proceedings.
“The last year has seen unprecedented levels of loss-making across beef farms in Ireland.” explained a spokesperson.
“This loss-making has subsequently continued into 2019 with the continued decline in beef and lamb prices across the summer months.”
“This continued decline is unsustainable for both beef and lamb industries to be in. However, at the retailer level, these lower prices have not been reflected in households across Ireland and Europe.”
A recent survey carried out has shown that meat prices are 5% more expensive than anywhere in Europe, according to the group. “The level of wealth within the beef industry is being creamed by a chosen few.”
“Farmers and all rural businesses need to speak with one voice to bring the message home to the government and to Commissioner Hogan.”
Stem the tide of doom
Without a vibrant rural Ireland and sustainable farming sectors, the economic consequences will be far more widespread for the country, the spokesperson added.
“The Irish government has forgotten which sectors were to the fore with global exports, which helped pull the economy back from the brink after the boom collapsed.”
“The agri industry in Ireland is what helped them to stem the tide of doom and provide continued employment to help this country regain its economic exchequer.”
“We won’t stop until our voice is heard; this is a fight for all of Ireland.” the spokesperson concluded.
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