ICSA clashes with Coveney on exports

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association has clashed with Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney over the sheep sector.
ICSA clashes with Coveney on exports

M Coveney told Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó Cuív in a reply to a Dáil question that the Food Wise 2025 report notes that growth in the industry will come from improved technical efficiencies, as well as opportunities from an increase in consumer demand and export market opportunities.

He said his department continues to search for new markets in consultation with the meat industry, and in co-operation with Bord Bia and the Irish Embassies abroad.

Mr Coveney said his department continues to play its part in facilitating live exports of sheep, while ensuring that all the necessary veterinary conditions set by the EU are satisfied.

However, the ICSA sheep committee chairman, John Brooks, has taken issue with the minister’s statement in relation to support for the industry, and in particular, live exports.

“We cannot say that we are fully supportive of live exports without considering the huge deterrent of the 30-day residency requirement,” said Mr Brooks.

“ICSA would like to see the Department moving to end or reduce this restriction to give farmers more options for disposing of stock.”

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