Bord Bia 'on track' for quality scheme launch
Bord Bia has insisted that it remains on track to launch a new quality assurance scheme for the dairy industry but has refused to be tied to a starting date.
In a statement issued to the Farming Independent, Bord Bia confirmed that a number of trial audits were now taking place to test the scheme at farm level.
"The Technical Advisory Committee which is developing the (Quality Assurance) scheme, and representative of stakeholders within the sector, is continuing to make good progress with the development of the standard (scheme rules)," a Bord Bia statement said.
"A number of pilot audits are also taking place to test the scheme on farm, and a consultation process is commencing with co-op boards.
"A commencement date will be agreed following this consultation process," the statement added.
However, problems are understood to have arisen, particularly in relation to milk processors with suppliers in the North.
The question of how processors are to deal with farmers who fail a Bord Bia audit has also to be dealt with definitively.
Processors with milk suppliers in the North have argued that they will struggle to get dairy farmers in that jurisdiction to buy into a quality assurance scheme for which they will not directly benefit.