IFA President Joe Healy said confirmation that the EU Commission has agreed a Brexit beef package of €50m for Irish beef farmers means the Irish Government is expected to provide matching funding of €50m, bringing the total package to €100m.
Joe Healy said he spoke directly to Commissioner Hogan last evening and they met in Brussels on Monday in relation to the proposal IFA had put to the EU Commission and the Department of Agriculture in April, seeking a direct aid package of €100m to cover Brexit beef price cuts.
“Beef farmers have suffered savage price losses due to Brexit uncertainty and it is a welcome development that the EU Commission has recognised this and responded to the IFA proposal,” he said
IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said that while the finer details of the scheme had to be finalised, it was vital that every cent goes directly to farmers.
Angus Woods is in Brussels tomorrow where he is due to meet with EU Commission officials and members of Commissioner Hogan’s Cabinet to work through some of the details on the aid package.