Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Ceisteanna (464)

Danny Healy-Rae

Ceist:

464. Deputy Danny Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if a group (details supplied) will be included along with the other farmers' representatives in the discussions with the relevant meat factories and retailers; if it will be accepted as part of the taskforce; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50194/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

I established the Beef Taskforce to monitor the implementation of the beef sector agreement of 15 September.

The Taskforce is comprised of the Independent chair, Michael Dowling, representatives from my Department and relevant State agencies, established farmer representative organisations and representatives from the processing sector.

I am satisfied that the current composition of the taskforce is sufficiently representative of all parties and I will not be extending membership to any additional groups outside of those already invited to submit nominees.