Meeting on farm gate price crisis

Michael Clarke, from NIAPA, William Taylor, Sean McAuley, William Sterling, FFA and Jim Carmichael, NIAPA.
Michael Clarke, from NIAPA, William Taylor, Sean McAuley, William Sterling, FFA and Jim Carmichael, NIAPA.

Politicians from all parties and independents have been invited to a meeting in Cookstown on 27th October to give their opinions on farm gate prices.

Organisers are inviting farmers and their families, rural businesses and rural support groups to have their say in response to the politicians ahead of the final part of the evening dealing with the non optional blue print for rural Northern Ireland.

This document is being put forward by NIAPA and FFA with a request for the politicians to implement legislation.

A spokesperson stated: “If enacted it would provide farmers with a financial safety net against the might of the food corporates and return a minimum of the cost of production plus a margin inflation linked across beef, cereals, lamb, milk, pigs, potatoes, poultry, vegetables etc.

“NIAPA and FFA with the support of others have been working to progress the Non-Optional Blue Print for Rural Northern Ireland to Stormont for over 18 months. Progress has been made and clear markers laid out such as.

“It is a devolved matter meaning Stormont has the power to implement and it will clear competition law and all the way to Brussels when presented in the right format!”

The spokesperson added: “It’s time for change at the farm gate. NIAPA and FFA are giving you the power to vote for a proper return for your work. All we need is your support to succeed.

“Keep the 27th free. See that you and your friends are there! With your support this could this be the meeting to change Northern Ireland agriculture for the better. The power is in your vote,” the spokesperson added.

The meeting will be held in the Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown at 8pm.