Macra na Feirme president Thomas Duffy has welcomed the programme for beef sector reform negotiated by Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed and his team of senior officials.
Commenting on the conclusion of beef talks, Macra na Feirme President, Thomas Duffy said “Almost €24m of new money into the pockets of struggling beef farmers is worth supporting."
"It has been a long and difficult series of talks over the past month. We particularly welcome the increases in bonus payments which will bring over 150,000 animals into bonus payment territory,” he said.
"There are significant steps within the programme of reform which address issues of transparency and trust within the sector."
"The creation of the Beef Market Taskforce which it is hoped will provide leadership and ensure a viable future for the sector, economically, environmentally and sustainably must be welcomed.”
Duffy outlined that the task force’s role in bringing forward measures, that support farmers moving from lower grade animals to higher-spec categories through innovation and new technologies, is especially welcome.
"As a sector we must have the ambition, especially for young farmers and future generations, to lead the way in terms of efficiency while rewarding competitiveness and modernisation to meet the major challenges ahead.”
'A welcome step forward'
Concluding, he added: "The commitments contained within the document are a welcome step forward."
"We have consistently stated that with only weeks to the uncertainty of Brexit being inflicted upon us, it is imperative that we return to normal farmer-factory activities."
"We encourage all parties, including those that remain on protests to embrace the positives within the agreement in good faith. "
"Along with all seven farm organisations involved in the discussions, we too, are encouraging all those involved in any ongoing protests to cease their participation in order for the agreement to come into force immediately," Duffy concluded.