All those in the distilling and brewing sector should “work strongly” to ensure barley growers get a “fair and strong price” and a “fair share of the overall value” for their grain, says Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue.

He said that Irish Farmers Journal analysis, which shows malting barley growers receive 1c from a €5 pint, shows that “stronger prices for farmers do not necessarily lead, in some products, to a significant change at the end price”.