The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD has launched a public consultation seeking the views of stakeholders on legislating for the establishment of Producer Organisations in the beef sector.
The move comes in the aftermath of the Dowling Report which suggested that ‘consideration should be given to introducing provisions for setting up a producer group regime’.
“Following on from the Dowling Report recommendation to explore the possibility of legislating for Producer Organisations, I am launching a public consultation programme to invite interested parties to have their say on what Producer Organisations might look like for the Irish beef sector,” said Minister Coveney.
“I am aware of their prevalence in other EU member states, but one size does not fit all, and I want to ensure Irish Producer Organisations, if they are to be set up, these are designed to suit the needs of Irish farmers”.
This consultation phase now is about gauging interest from the stakeholders on their views on a number of issues. This will inform the development of the SI and help to ensure that it provides a legal basis which is fit for purpose and takes account of the variety of views and ideas across the sector.
“I encourage all stakeholders in the sector who have views on Producer Organisations to come forward and share them through submission to my Department before the closing date of September 19,” the Minister continued.
“This initiative is one of many which have come out of the beef roundtable discussions to date and I look forward to engaging in that format again in the autumn. In the meantime I would repeat my call for all interested stakeholders to use the time between the meetings productively and engage directly with each other on the issues.”