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Friday 22 August 2014

Push for fair pricing code for farmers

John Manning

Published 18/03/2014 | 05:32

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PJ Jones, Brian Dennehy, Minister Eamon O Cuiv and Senator Darragh O’Brien at the crisis meeting in St. Maur’s GAA club in Rush.

STRUGGLING Fingal farmers being forced to sell their produce at low prices to feed a price war in the supermarkets could get some relief from a fair pricing code of practice being pushed for by Fianna Fáil.

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STRUGGLING Fingal farmers being forced to sell their produce at low prices to feed a price war in the supermarkets could get some relief from a fair pricing code of practice being pushed for by Fianna Fáil.

Fianna Fáil will press the case for a Statutory Code of Practice to ensure fair pricing for producers of vegetables and potatoes including growers in north Dublin.

Over 50 people attended a crisis meeting on the issue in St. Maurs GAA club in Rush this week, where the Fingal Independent has reported the price war has devastated farm businesses.

Organised by local Fianna Fáil election candidate Brian Dennehy, the meeting heard from Senator Darragh O'Brien and Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture, Food and Community Éamon Ó Cuív.

Senator O'Brien said: 'This was a very well attended meeting and north Dublin producers are very engaged on this issue.

'There is no doubt that local growers here are under huge pressure, particularly from large multiples. It is essential that we see fair pricing for producers.

'This industry, which is very supportive of the local economy, is under threat because of bellow cost selling and this must be addressed.'

He concluded: 'Fianna Fáil is pressing the case for the introduction of a Statutory Code of Practice to ensure fair pricing.

'Similar measures are in place in Britain and we want to see a robust regime in place here to ensure fairness and to support local producers.'

Fingal Independent

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