If elected president of the IFA, John Coughlan has said he will work to develop and deliver a beef contract for Irish farmers.
He is of the opinion that pricing contracts between beef farmers and beef factories should be implemented.
Coughlan made reference to figures released by Teagasc, which indicate that the average farm income fell by 21% last year; 1/3 of farmers made as little as €8,000 in 2018.
“Meanwhile, others in Ireland’s beef industry are accumulating significant wealth.” he stressed.
“Change is needed – farmers need to get a fairer price for their beef. We have to secure a viable future for Ireland’s farm families.”
“Pricing contracts are the only way forward for Ireland's beef sector. Ireland's 75,000 beef farmers are at breaking point.”
A pricing contract, Coughlan said, will:
- Secure prices for beef farmers;
- Bring certainty to the Irish beef sector;
- Restore confidence and unit in beef farming.
Restore stability to beef industry
“We have pricing contracts in our dairy sector, contributing to the growth of dairy exports, worth €4 billion today.”
“Beef should not be treated differently. Pricing contracts have worked in beef industries elsewhere – they can work here too.”
A pricing contract that brings security of supply, demand and price, will restore stability to Ireland’s beef industry, an industry that has an export value of €1.85 billion, he added.
“We must bring creative and unified solutions to the Beef Market Taskforce – a price contract is that solution,” Coughlan concluded.
Pricing contracts are the only way forward for Ireland's beef sector. Ireland's 75,000 beef farmers are at breaking point. If elected President of the IFA, I will work to develop and deliver a beef contract for Irish farmers #CoughlanContract
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