IFA President Tim Cullinan has welcomed the appointment of Niamh Lenehan as CEO of the new Agri Food Regulator.
This new state body tasked with regulating the food supply chain, An Rialálaí Agrabhia, will play a very important role in bringing fairness back into our food supply chain and level the playing pitch in negotiations between farmers, processors and retailers.
The Agriculture and Food Supply Chain Bill 2022 is still not through the Oireachtas.
IFA has made submissions to strengthen the proposed legislation, and the priority must be that the Bill passes all stages and the new office is operating as soon as possible.
As part of her new role, Niamh Lenehan will take over as head of the unfair trading practices Enforcement Authority. This is an important role in ensuring that food retailers, food processors and all those involved in buying food produce from farmers comply with the unfair trading practices directive.
The IFA President paid tribute to the previous head of the UTP Enforcement Authority, Noel Collins, and thanked him for his work and engagement with IFA and farmers over the last two years.
IFA look forward to engaging with Niamh Lenehan on behalf of farmers, in particular those in the fresh produce sectors, who are so reliant on the retail sector.
“Her appointment comes at a time when farmers were never more in need of a voice and regulation to stand up for their livelihoods in an ever more dysfunctional food supply chain. Today’s food supply chain is dominated by a small number of big players at retail level. Their dominance is determining the livelihoods and future of farmers and food producers,” he concluded.