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IFA Says Ag Minister Cannot Allow Beef Sector to be Held to Ransom

28 November 2019

IRELAND - IFA President Joe Healy said that Larry Goodman’s ABP group and the unwillingness of the Minister to take charge of the situation has resulted in farmer frustration boiling over, referring to Mr Goodman's behaviour as "petty".

"The Government assist ABP in many ways through various Government Departments and State agencies. The Minister has to make it clear that he will not allow the Goodman Group to hold the beef sector to ransom," said Mr Healy.

If the Minister can’t get movement on these issues, then the Taoiseach needs to get involved, he said.

"We need the legal threats lifted and Taskforce to meet urgently. The Minister needs to be there himself to ensure that progress is made," he said.

According to Mr Healy, it is clear that the new Beef Price Index shows that Irish prices are 17c/kg behind prices in Ireland's main export markets, and this is being pocketed by the factories.

"The real issue for all farmers on the ground is that beef prices are increasing in every other country except Ireland and farmers feel exploited," Mr Healy said.

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