Producer organisations could help the beef sector to rebalance the negotiating power along the supply chain.
They could also provide greater supply assurance to producers and processors, conscious of the importance of existing market organisations.
Minister of State Tom Hayes made the comments in Dublin yesterday when he opened the International Conference of Producer Organisations for fruit and vegetables.
He said that co-operation allows producers to collectively purchase inputs and to work together, achieving economies of scale.
“More importantly, by creating a concentration of supply it enables many of the small and medium-scale producers to gain access to premium markets which they could not avail of without some form of a collective marketing structure,” he said.
He stressed the need for certainty in the operation of the EU Producer Organisation Scheme.
And he said that commitments made by Commissioner Phil Hogan over the simplification of the fruit and vegetables regime were welcome.
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