ICSA WELCOMES HOGAN’S PLANS FOR LEGISLATION

‘Past efforts to bring retailers into line have foundered’

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Patrick Kent, President, Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers Association.
Patrick Kent, President, Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers Association.

ICSA president Patrick Kent has welcomed comments by EU Commissioner Phil Hogan regarding his plans to introduce legislation ensuring a fair share of food retail prices for farmers.

Mr. Kent also sounded a note of caution, however. “Bringing forward such legislation will require the power to scrutinise whether multi-national retailers are taking excessive margin from products like beef and lamb at the expense of the primary producer.‎ In the past efforts to bring retailers into line have foundered due to a lack of real political will to grapple with this issue,” he warned.