Flaherty calls for safeguards for the beef sector and suckler farmers
Fianna Fáil General Election Candidate and Longford Town Councillor Joe Flaherty has called on the Government to take immediate action to safeguard the livelihoods of farmers in the beef sector. Cllr Flaherty was commenting as a Fianna Fáil motion, which outlined 14 key measures to protect the industry, was debated in Dáil Éireann.
Cllr Flaherty said, “I strongly believe the Government needs to wake up to the very real threat the beef sector is facing. Livelihoods are at stake and yet so far we have seen very little action from the Government.
“They have sat on their hands while the beef sector and suckler farmers suffer. With prices on the floor and potential no deal Brexit chaos on the horizon the government must immediately take swift action to safeguard the sector.
“Let there be no doubt about it, farmers across Longford were feeling the brunt of Fine Gael inaction long before Brexit was ever a thought. Now however, they are being warned to brace for the worst when they are already at rock bottom.
“The Fianna Fáil motion puts forward 14 key measures which should be enacted to alleviate some of the challenges the beef sector is facing. These include seeking market disturbance aid from the EU as pertained under CAP; increasing live exports of calves by enhancing lairage capacity; ensuring that the next CAP is fully funded to provide a €200 suckler cow payment as well as the introduction of a beef market index.
“These are small steps the government could take to show that it is concerned with the situation and has the desire to fix it. To date, we have only seen government ambivalence toward the farming sector and rural Ireland in general and this needs to change”, concluded Cllr Flaherty.