Irate producers turn to protest as retailers profit at growers' expense
Published 23/11/2010 | 05:00
Over 100 angry pig, poultry and beef farmers staged a protest outside Tesco in Cavan town last Friday.
The farmers say the retail sector continues to enjoy high margins, while refusing to address the rising costs of production impacting across all sectors -- pig, poultry, beef, milk and egg producers -- as world grain market prices soar.
"Over 80pc of the chicken being sold in Tesco is from the UK," said IFA deputy president, Eddie Downey, who added that the protest would escalate over time.
"This is going to be a long, hard battle to bring Tesco to their senses.
"Farm businesses are making significant losses while supermarkets enjoy margins of over 40pc on their produce.
"A clear example of the rip-off is the price of pork.
"Pig producers are getting €1.34/kg and it sells for €7 on the supermarket shelves."