Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has said the government are failing in their support for farmers in her constituency.

Deputy Smyth commented, “There is a crisis in the beef industry. Beef farmers are at the pin of their collar in selling their produce below cost. We know that no business is sustainable when selling below cost. We have heard false promises about the loan scheme which has taken almost two years to come to fruition. Meanwhile farmers in counties Cavan and Monaghan and across the country are going under.

“The Government has ignored the plea of farmers and been asleep at the wheel, while profitable untapped markets such as Holland and Spain have been completely ignored. Brexit has already affected farmers and factories are exploiting the critical situation in which beef farmers find themselves by manipulating the crisis and using Brexit as an excuse for putting farmers out of business.

“The Minister has failed utterly on the issue of calf exports. Options are available to him to put in place infrastructure to address the issue, but he has been asleep at the wheel and done nothing to help hard-pressed farmers who are struggling to survive. He must secure additional funding for the Common Agricultural Policy, CAP, programme and achieve a suckler cow support programme, with €200 per cow. 

“Farmers are losing money hand over fist and losing heart in the industry. My Party have put forward 14 policy actions. The Minister has taken them on board and they must be actioned,” concluded Deputy Smyth.