Irish farmers urge swift beef package payment

By Aidan Fortune contact

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Irish farmers in beef protest
Irish farmers in beef protest

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The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) has called on the EU Commission and the Department of Agriculture to act quickly on its pledge to pay the €100m Brexit beef package.

The €100m will be paid from both parties​ and is designed to cover losses suffered due to the ongoing Brexit situation.

IFA president Joe Healy said it was “essential that the €100m Brexit beef package is targeted to the farmers who need it most and that it must be paid without delay with no strings attached”​.

“This fund was secured after a lot of hard work and lobbying by IFA. It’s for farmers – not for factories, agents or dealers. We will insist it is paid quickly and directly to farmers,” ​said Healy. “It must take account of the farmers who incurred the beef price losses and the income situation.”

Healy said it was very clear that the farmers who sold finished cattle since last September and suckler producers were the two groups hit the hardest.

National livestock chairman Angus Woods said the IFA had already met with EU Commission officials on the details of the €100m package, which he said was essential for winter finishers, given the horrendous losses they had taken.

Woods said under no circumstances could Minister Creed allow one cent go to factory-owned cattle or factory feedlot cattle. “Farmers who sold finished cattle through the marts must be eligible and not agents and dealers. The Department of Agriculture has all the data and information on the AIMs system,” ​he said.

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