- At national level IFA has undertaken an intensive lobby of politicians focused on the need for immediate Government and EU action to address the market and income crisis on beef and lamb as a result of the COVID-19 Emergency.
- IFA demands and action are based around the detailed IFA Submission to the EU Commission including market supports around an effective type of APS (Aids to Private Storage) and direct payment to farmers on price losses. IFA are also demanding action to address imports and more promotions at retail level.
- Minister Creed and senior officials in the DAFM have been lobbied and fully briefed on the issues.
- At European level through our Brussels office and COPA, the relevant EU Commissioners and Commission officials have all been made fully aware of the very difficult situation at farm level in Ireland. In addition, key players from other member states have been briefed with particular focus on the French, Polish and Italians on beef and the French on sheep.
- IFA has been in contact with the major banks seeking flexibilities on all facilities including overdraft/stocking and term loans. It is important farmers make contact with their bank and apply for assistance.
- Be aware of the IFA Plan B, to assist any farmer unable to farm. See ifa.ie/covid19.
IFA National Livestock Chairman Brendan Golden said IFA has put proposals to the Department of Agriculture to suspend the 5% production reduction requirement under the BEAM scheme as a result of the restrictions placed on farmers from COVID-19.
IFA President Tim Cullinan said that Supervalu must clarify their beef purchasing policy after beef sold in one of their stores was labelled as being from Azerbaijan.
IFA President Tim Cullinan said at a time when Irish beef farmers are facing collapsing prices, it’s incredible that the ABP food group, an Irish-owned company, would bring in beef from Poland to stock supermarket shelves in the UK.