IFA President, Joe Healy, has said that Glanbia must make a “significant move” on grain price in order to end the IFA protests at their feed mills in Portlaoise and Clonroche.
Farmers have been protesting at the plant in Portlaoise since Friday night and at Clonroche in Wexford since Saturday morning.
“Farmers are angry at the base price set by Glanbia this year and they are demanding that Glanbia revisit this and make a significant move to improve the price,” Healy stressed.
IFA National Grain Chairman Mark Browne said, “We met Glanbia last week and we were very disappointed with the poor response.”“We had a further meeting on Saturday, and while it was a constructive meeting, no offer was put on the table.”
“We are in ongoing dialogue with Glanbia, but the protest will continue. The price put forward by Glanbia is simply not good enough,” he said.
Glanbia Ireland has said that it will continue to meet with the IFA, adding that it is providing farmers with “highly competitive” pricing and sales options for their grain harvest.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Glanbia Ireland said: “Glanbia Ireland’s recently announced Member base price is €141 per tonne for green barley, including €3 per tonne Co-op support and the maximum €10/t Trading Bonus.”
“Over 90% of the grain that Glanbia Ireland buys qualifies for the top €10/t Trading Bonus.”
“However, given that 35-40% of the Glanbia harvest crop was purchased through premium contract arrangements with farmers, the average actual payment to farmers per tonne for barley is €166/t across all contracts.”
The statement outlines that the recently announced prices were set by the board of Glanbia Ireland and the Glanbia Co-operative Society in consultation with the grain sub-committee, which is made up of tillage farmers.
“Glanbia Ireland is majority-owned by our farmer members and we work to provide farmers with the facility to forward sell their grain, with the average forward sell price for green barley standing at €152 per tonne in the first half of 2019.”
“We will continue to provide the opportunity for farmers to sell it forward and have extended our Farmers Own Stock scheme in order to facilitate additional growers that may wish to participate.”
“Glanbia Ireland is and continues to be the largest buyer and user of native Irish grains, our intake of native Irish grain this harvest was over 200,000 tonnes, 40% ahead of last year and well ahead of the 24% growth in national harvest.”
“Glanbia Ireland continues to develop new outlets for Irish growers.” the statement concluded.
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