Fianna Fáil TD for Cork South West Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has welcomed the Oireachtas Agriculture Committee’s unanimous backing for her party’s proposals to find a resolution to the ongoing beef crisis.
Fianna Fáil proposed the mandating of the Agriculture Minister to seek the immediate resumption of talks between farmer organisations, processors and retailers.
Deputy Murphy O’Mahony said, “This situation has been dragging on for weeks and we now need to see real and meaningful engagement from both sides. The previous round of talks broke down because some of the meat processors were unwilling to address the key issues. They must fully engage this time around if any progress is to be made.
“Issues such as the 30 months age limit, the four movement rule, and the 70 day residency requirement must be up for negotiation if farmers are to accept that meat processors are serious about addressing their concerns.
“Many of these measures are completely unjustified and place an unreasonable pressure on farmers to meet unnecessary standards.
“Meat processors need to realise that it is by agreeing to address these key issues in resumed talks that the current beef crisis can be addressed. They must now remove any legal threats to farmers and enable meaningful talks to proceed,” concluded Deputy Murphy O’Mahony.