Macra na Feirme has welcomed the projected increase in beef exports to China.
Ensuring that farmers reap the benefits of this new agreement needs to be the priority for government, according to John Keane, Chair of Macra na Feirme’s Agricultural Affairs Committee.
“Farmers deserve better margins and we are hopeful this will provide that much-needed increase.” Keane outlined.
Macra President Thomas Duffy added, “Farmers need to see the returns from the opening of new markets and the best way to achieve this is by reconvening the Beef Taskforce so that the various aspects of the agreement can be progressed and implemented.”
Expanding access for Irish beef products in new markets is long overdue and necessary to ensure the sustainability of the Irish beef sector for future generations, the organisation said.
Moving forward with the Beef Taskforce, it added, is another important step in addressing the current state of the Irish beef sector.