Offaly Cathaoirleach calls for Government and EU support for beef farmers

Justin Kelly

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Offaly Cathaoirleach calls for Government and EU support for beef farmers

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Offaly County Council Cathaoirleach and Fianna Fáil Local Election Candidate in the Tullamore Electoral Area, Danny Owens, has said that the Government and the EU must be more proactive in supporting the agri-sector in Offaly as the crisis in the industry continues.

He explained: “While everyone’s attention has been turned as Brexit quietens down for a short while, the beef sector and suckler farmers are at their wit's end. Prices are on the floor and they are still facing into potential armageddon if a no deal Brexit happens. The government must immediately take swift action to safeguard the sector."

“Whether it’s a deal or no-deal Brexit, the outcome is bad for an industry already on their knees. Beef farmers have incurred severe losses since last Autumn and require direct EU and State assistance now. The IFA has estimated that beef farmers have already incurred price losses approaching over €100 million as the impact of Brexit has hit."

“Fianna Fáil is continuing to put forward meaningful solutions and has long advocated for a request for Brexit mitigation funding for farmers, specifically exceptional and market disturbance aid for beef and other vulnerable sectors under CAP's Common Market Organisation Regulation. The farmers in my area are crying out for help and all reasonable solutions should be examined by the Government."

“Recent reports that the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has lodged an EU submission for a multi-million euro fund for beef farmers are welcome but why wasn't this done sooner? As it stands they have been very slow off the mark and are ignoring the plight of farmers in every village and town across the country. This disregard will not be forgotten”, Owens concluded.