IFA Pigs Committee Chair Roy Gallie said commitments have been received from a number of major secondary processors to pass back price increases coming from primary processors.
“Major secondary processors have committed to supporting pig farmers and understand the very serious situation that farmers are in. They recognise the losses on farms and the urgent need for a price increase. We are losing €55 per pig sold and this has been the case for far too long. We need price increases now,” he said.
Yesterday, farmers protested at Carty Meats in Athlone; Pilgrims in Shillelagh, Co Wicklow; Oakpark Foods in Cahir, Co Tipperary; and Connollys Pork and Bacon, Monaghan.
The IFA Pigs Committee expect all secondary processors to honour this commitment. If not, pig farmers are prepared to take further action if and when required.