Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (788)

Michael Fitzmaurice


788. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the announcement made by a company (details supplied) in recent weeks relating to weight limits and penalties was in breach of the agreement reached on 15 September 2019 regarding a minimum of four months notice to the farmer before changes are implemented; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44316/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

I refer the Deputy to the text of the Agreement reached on 15 September 2019, which is available on the DAFM website at https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/media/migration/farmingsectors/beef/Agreement15September170919.pdf.

Specifically, in relation to this issue, industry committed to 'no change in weight limits without a minimum of four months notice to the farmer'.

Meat Industry Ireland has informed my Department that the notification referenced by the Deputy was issued to provide clarification of the existing position in relation to penalties for weight limit breaches.