Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture Charlie McConalogue has welcomed support for his party’s motion to secure better supports for suckler farmers. The motion called for a €200 payment policy per suckler cow in a bid to provide essential support to the sector and the rural communities which rely on it.
“I hope that this motion has acted as a catalyst for the government to move on this issue. I welcome the fact that Minister Creed has not opposed it, but what we need now is action.
“The suckler sector provides a livelihood for around 70,000 farm families and it underpins our €2.5bn beef export sector. Doing nothing is simply not an option.
“Minister Creed needs to step up to the mark now and ensure that a review of the departmental underspend is established and that it reports back within the two month timeframe set out in our motion. Delivery on the €200 payment per suckler cow must also be progressed as a matter of urgency. Fine Gael has turned a blind eye to the lack of supports for suckler farmers for too long. We need to protect this industry, particularly with Brexit coming down the line and the possibility of a Mercosur deal expected in the coming months.
“The government cannot afford to ignore this issue any longer and I am urging Minister Creed to act promptly to protect this vital sector”.