Retailers have confirmed that significant increases on all pigmeat products have come into effect, says the Irish Farmers' Association (IFA).

The farm association has now called on “processors to feed these increases back inside the farmgate”.

IFA president Tim Cullinan said this must happen “immediately”.

“Processors cannot survive without a steady supply from farmers. The losses on farms are so severe that production is under threat.

"No time can be wasted in getting money back to farmers who have shouldered the impact of input hikes,” he said.

Price to reach

The IFA says its campaign to address the pig sector crisis is seeking an increase in the price paid for pigs to €2/kg by 1 June 2022, which is next Wednesday.

IFA pigs chair Roy Gallie said: “The situation on farms is very serious and cashflow is under severe pressure. There’s no excuse not to return a higher price to farmers.”

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