Mr. John Hanley, Roscommon IFA Chairman, has said the emergency EU Council of Agriculture Ministers meeting on 7th September in Brussels must address the fundamental issues of imbalance in the food supply chain, and the severe income pressure on primary producers from farm gate prices below the cost of production across most sectors, including dairy, grain, beef, pigmeat, lamb, and fruit and vegetables.
Mr. Hanley said as well as equity in the food supply chain, access to the EU single market and competition are key principles which must be guaranteed by the EU Commission and the Council of Ministers to European for both producers and consumers.
Mr. Hanley said IFA will join COPA in a European farm demonstration in Brussels on 7th September outside the Agriculture Ministers’ meeting.
“IFA will be part of the COPA mass demonstration at the extraordinary Agriculture Ministers meeting in Brussels on September 7th at 2 pm.”
The IFA Co. Chairman said current loss-making prices across sectors are not sustainable and cannot be allowed continue.