MEAT INDUSTRY IRELAND MUST RECONSIDER DECISION TO ABSTAIN FROM TALKS

9 SEPTEMBER 2019

ICSA president Edmond Phelan has called on Meat Industry Ireland (MII) to reconsider its kneejerk decision to adjourn their participation in the beef crisis talks. “There is still time between now and 7pm this evening for a change of stance on this, otherwise they are simply pressing the self-destruct button on the beef industry here,” he said.

“The onus is on the processors now; it is up to them to come to the talks and to bring real offers to the table. Current beef prices mean that every system of beef farming is losing money. The meat industry can no longer ignore the reality that beef farmers have to make a living, because without them making a living, there will be no future for their business either.”

“Farmers cannot survive at current prices which are way below the cost of production. ICSA is adamant that each and every mechanism through which a sustainable beef price can be achieved must be explored. Cracks are beginning to show in the 30 month rule and equally the 70 day rule is becoming more and more difficult to justify.”

“I would urge MII to get to table and engage meaningfully with us on these important issues,” he concluded.

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