Galway Beef Plan Movement has written a letter to Bord Bia’s CEO, Tara McCarthy, to seek a response to queries it has received from farmers.
The letter – which has been written by Jackie Flannery, Galway Beef Plan PRO, – reads as follows:
“The above fore-mentioned group represent Galway beef farmers and over the past few months, as I’m sure, are well aware, have been highlighting our anger on various issues in relation to the beef industry in this country.”
“In that context, and as a matter of clarification and transparency, farmers have indicated to us some concerns and questions, and are referring them to you for a detail response.”
“In this letter, we would like to address the ‘Chinese market’ and Bord Bia’s input into the following.’
- How has Bord Bia’s budget been spent in 2018?
- How much of Bord Bia’s budget has been spent on the Chinese market in 2018 and continues in 2019?
- What is the meat requirement from Ireland for the Chinese market?
- What is the proposed target tonnage for the Chinese market overall? – is there a weekly or month demand for Irish beef?
- Once the Chinese market is established, how do Bord Bia propose to expand this market for Ireland?
- Will there be Bord Bia staff exclusively working on the Chinese market (project)?
- The beef destined for the Chinese market – will it be sourced and slaughtered from Ireland or from other countries and stamped in Ireland?
- Has it been indicated to Bord Bia what type of cuts the Chinese market is requiring?
- Can you indicate what percentage will be the fifth-quarter and how this will be beneficial to the Irish farmer?
"These are some of the queries we have received from our farmers and would be grateful if you could clarify and responds to them at your earlier convenience.
We appreciate your immediate attention, as our membership is extremely concerned about this issue and many others.” the letter concluded.