Consultations with farm organisations on the €100m Brexit beef package must begin immediately, the ICSA has said. The organisation called for the money to be delivered to farmers as soon as possible.
“In our view, there is no way we could accept payments being delayed until the autumn,” ICSA beef chair Edmund Graham said.
“We would see July 31 as the absolute deadline for all monies to be in farmers’ accounts having regard to the challenges of deciding the carve-up and making sure that systems are up and running to deliver the payment.”
Analysis by the ICSA showed that the price differential between cattle prices in 2015 and cattle prices in a 2019 post-Brexit world was causing losses of up to €4m weekly since last autumn.
“A Brexit support package for farmers was also a key component of ICSA’s submission on the future of beef in the context of Foodwise 2025 which was submitted on 20 March,” Graham said. “ICSA had a detailed discussion with senior members of Commissioner Hogan’s cabinet in February in Brussels where ICSA zoned in on the need for a package regardless of whether it was a no-deal Brexit or not.”
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