IFA calls for crowds at monster protest
Published 24/05/2011 | 05:00
The IFA will take its protest against the combined might of the supermarkets and regulatory authorities to Dublin.
Around 82,000 members of the organisation were notified by text last Friday of a monster protest at the capital's Government buildings tomorrow to highlight what it calls the "failed regulation and flawed legislation that has allowed the powerful multiples to dominate the food supply chain and fleece farmers to bolster their profits".
The move will be seen as a direct response by the IFA to the recent raid on their headquarters in west Dublin by the Competition Authority.
The authority seized files, computers and mobile phones from the Farm Centre on foot of allegations that the IFA had been attempting to fix the price of milk sold in supermarkets.
With a 12 noon kick-off, thousands of farmers are expected to assemble in Merrion Square and march to the Department of Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation on Kildare Street to make their views heard by the Minister Richard Bruton.
IFA president John Bryan said farmers had to take a stand for their right to negotiate a fair price that covers their costs and gives them a margin.
"The recent actions by the Competition Authority are protecting greedy retailers and criminalising farmers. Immediate reform is needed to secure fair play in the food supply chain," he said.
He added that political accountability must be restored and he called on Minister Bruton to prioritise the promised legislation to fix the inequality.