IFA President John Bryan last week led the launch in Dublin of the Farming and Agri-business ‘yes’ campaign for the Stability Treaty. Flanked by agri-food and farming representatives, John Bryan said he was firmly of the view that a ‘yes’ vote was in the best interests of farm families, the agri-food sector and the economy.
John Bryan said, “On the platform today, we are putting forward a united front from the farming and agri-business sector. We have representatives from the main processors, the marts and family owned-businesses, who believe a ‘yes’ vote on May 31 is one element in our economic recovery.”
The IFA President said, “Full membership of the EU and a stable euro are vital components for the success of our sector, which is export driven. It is also important that Ireland maintains its influence within the EU as key decisions will be made on the future of the CAP in the next 12 months. A ‘yes’ vote is best for our families, best for our businesses, best for our communities and best for our country.”
John Moloney, Managing Director of Glanbia, said, “From an agri-food industry perspective, membership of the EU has been hugely beneficial to Ireland, both in the context of access to the huge European market of 500 million consumers and through the Common Agricultural Policy support for Irish farming. The abolition of quotas in 2015 presents a unique expansion opportunity for the Irish dairy sector. It is critical we have a stable currency base to maximise our competitive position as we further develop export markets.”
“While the Stability Treaty will not resolve all the country’s financial problems, Glanbia recognises that it is essential to remain at the heart of Europe in working towards a satisfactory outcome for the country’s future and for the development of the CAP. Glanbia therefore supports a Yes vote as a means of restoring the credibility of the Euro.”
John Horgan, Managing Director of Kepak noted, “The future of the Irish food industry is firmly rooted in producing high-quality food products for EU consumers. For Kepak and the Irish food sector, a well-functioning euro is the bedrock of a properly functioning European market for food products. A long-term assurance that we will have a stable euro currency will be a major confidence boost for investment in the sector. The Irish meat sector is firmly focused on delivering a 40% growth under Food Harvest 2020. We need a YES vote to underpin this Plan.”
Macra na Feirme National President Alan Jagoe said, “Macra na Feirme believes a ‘yes’ vote is best for young farmers, who want to be full and active participants in Europe. We are acutely aware of the significance and importance of a strong European fiscal policy, encompassing the Common Agricultural Policy that facilitates investment in our export-orientated agricultural industry. The National Council of Macra na Feirme, which represents young farmers, endorsed a YES vote to help strengthen the adherence to balanced eurozone budgets and begin the process of building a better and brighter future for young farmers.”
IFA Farm Family Chair Margaret Healy said, “The future of farm families is very much linked to a YES vote. I would encourage all members of farm families to turn out and vote on May 31.”