‘Beef farmers are at their wits end’ – Kilkenny TD demands ‘urgent action’
THE Government must take “urgent action” to safeguard the livelihoods of beef farmers, a Kilkenny TD has said.
Deputy Bobby Aylward made the call as Fianna Fáil tabled a private member’ motion on the issue in the Dáil this week.
The Kilkenny TD said: “While the Government regularly criticises the opposition for highlighting problems and not putting forward solutions, we in Fianna Fáil have proposed many measures which would alleviate the horrendous situation farmers are in.”
Deputy Aylward said Fianna Fáil have 14 policy actions that the Government “must accept immediately”.
These include securing market disturbance aid from the EU, opening the Brexit Loan Scheme to farmers and increasing live exports of calves. Fianna Fáil is also seeking assurances that the next CAP is “fully funded” to provide a €200 suckler cow payment, as well as the introduction of a beef market index.
Deputy Aylward (pictured below) added: “The beef sector and suckler farmers are at their wits end. They can take no more from a Government which has only shown ambivalence to their challenges. Hard Brexit or soft Brexit, both scenarios are bad for the farming sector, the difference being that a hard Brexit could decimate it entirely.”