Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, has called for meat processors to be more pro active in relation to the implementation of the recommendations of the Dowling Report.
Referring to the current difficulties, the Minister said it was critically important to restore confidence and build trust between suppliers and processors. “Irish beef farmers are feeling the pressure at the moment,” he added.
“Prices have declined significantly since the highs of last year, not only in Ireland, but internationally. That is the market reality. However, in circumstances where there is downward pressure on prices, it is all the more important that the relationship between processors and farmers is built on transparency and trust.
“The Dowling report recommended clearer communications with farmers in relation to prices and specification, and I would like to see action from processors and retailers in terms of rebuilding trust.”