WATCH: Farmex - Mairead McGuinness MEP


Mairead McGuinness - MEP and the First Vice-President of the European Parliament - has sent her best wishes to all ahead of FARMEX - the business of farming.

Mairead was due to perform the official opening at 11:30am at the one-day agri conference but is now unable to attend due to other commitments.

"I'm really happy that this event is happening; I like the slogan behind it - the business of farming and I know there are a lot of workshops about the profitability of the different sectors."

"I expect a big focus on beef because there are concerns about the beef industry." Mairead McGuinness added.

Profitability

The MEP said that several discussions in Brussels are now being staged around CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) as she posed a question.

"Do you want to see the Department of Agriculture having more responsibility for the rules or do you want them Brussels-based?"

"Above all of that, of course, we are debating the money. We do need to have a strong budget for agriculture so that the work that you're doing - the business of farming - is profitable because a great deal of incomes on farm comes from the Single Farm Payment."

BREXIT

Ms. Mc Guinness highlighted that Brexit discussions are ongoing and said that she hopes and believes that progress is being made, as we move towards next week November when it is hoped that everything will be signed; perhaps sealed and even delivered.

“Although one never knows, these negotiations have been extremely difficult."

Farm Safety

Mairead acknowledged FARMEX'S focus on farm safety.

"Profit is one thing but if our farms are not safe and if we can't reduce the level of accident; injury and death on Irish farms, then all else is a waste." The MEP concluded.

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