Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan, Brendan Smith, says the Minister for Agriculture must immediately reconvene talks to address the continuing beef crisis.
Deputy Smith commented, “It is vital Minister Creed now reconvenes talks to address the continuing crisis in the beef sector. In Cavan-Monaghan protests have been ongoing.
“I welcome the meeting that took place last night to appoint spokespersons to represent protesting farmers in any reconvened talks. The Minister must now immediately reconvene talks between Meat Processors and these representatives along with representatives of the Beef Plan Movement and all farming organisations. It is also essential that talks on this occasion include retailer representatives.
“New talks must comprehensively address issues such as the 30-month rule, 4 movement rule and the 70 day residency requirement. We will not resolve issues without talks. It is imperative they reconvene as soon as possible.
“An outcome of reconvened talks should also include a commitment from the Minister to seek additional market disturbance funding from the European Commission to address losses experienced by farmers in recent months.
“The Minister needs to show leadership and bring all stakeholders through this crisis to an agreeable solution,” concluded Deputy Smith.