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Nov 27, 2019 | Latest News, Press Releases | 0 comments

27 NOVEMBER 2019

ICSA beef chair Edmund Graham has said the time has come for Minister Creed to stand up and deliver on the Beef Markets Taskforce. “We cannot wait any longer. It is outrageous that the whole process is being held up by the threat of legal action on two farmers. These threats should have been lifted long ago and we should not be in this stalemate,” he said.

“The Bord Bia Beef Price Index has clearly shown there should be a rise in cattle prices, yet there has been no movement. Prices have been rising right around Europe but the factories here are continuing to use the excuse of a backlog of cattle, but in reality, they are just continuing to manipulate the system at the expense of the primary producer. We need to get around that Taskforce table and get some answers.”

“It’s as clear as day the meat industry is employing delaying tactics and it’s an absolute disgrace that they’re getting away with it. It’s time for Minister Creed to get serious and take control of the situation once and for all. Patience has run out and frustration is mounting by the day.”


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ICSA president Dermot Kelleher has said it is unacceptable that some 18,600 farmers will have to wait until February 2024 to receive their ACRES payment. “ICSA, along with other farmer representatives, today (6 December) met with senior Department of Agriculture officials in Portlaoise for an update on payments from the various farm schemes. At this meeting we were informed that no participant of the Cooperation Project (CP) stream of ACRES tranche one will be paid until February at the earliest. This news will come as a devasting blow to all those farmers who have been already waiting far too long for their payments,” he said.

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