Farm organisations and industry players are set to meet with the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture on Tuesday, to discuss Brexit and its impact on the agri-food industry, with five key stakeholder organisations to appear across two separate sessions.
The meeting will begin with Irish Natura & Hill Farmers Association (INHFA) and the Irish Farmers Association (IFA), appearing from 4pm.
At 5pm, Meat Industry Ireland, Dairy Industry Ireland and the Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS) will appear.
Ahead of the meeting, chair of the committee Jackie Cahill said with three weeks to go until the UK leaves the European Union, it is very important that irrespective of the type of Brexit delivered, the agri-food industry continues to prosper.
Tuesday’s witnesses are well-placed to assess the challenges and opportunities that exist for our food producers, Cahill said.
“The agri-food sector in Ireland contributes hugely to our exports, and employment indirectly and directly with the agri-food sector accounts for almost 10% of overall employment.
“It really is a thriving sector of our economy, and clearly we export much food and seafood to every corner of the globe. During previous Dáil terms, this committee worked intensively on matters associated with Brexit, and the topic is very much part of our work programme as 31 December nears,” he said.