ICSA president Patrick Kent has urged Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to make a resolution of the beef crisis his first priority.
Yesterday’s Cabinet reshuffle has confirmed that Mr Coveney is retaining his position in agriculture, as well as taking on a new defence portfolio. Mr Kent was quick to demand that the minister should make the beef price dispute between farmers and the meat factories his first order of business.
“The minister must also now deal with the fact that more than 10,000 farmers have appealed what they perceive as unjust LPIS penalties,” said Mr Kent.
“ICSA is also concerned about the addition of the defence portfolio to the minister’s brief. We hope this won’t distract Minister Coveney from the key issues in agriculture.”
ICSA officers have also met Northern Ireland Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill. Issues relating to cross-border trade are central to the beef dispute.
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