Farm Ireland

Saturday 17 March 2018

IFA calls on EU to adopt more pragmatic outlook

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

MANAGING dairy markets requires more pragmatism and less ideology, IFA dairy chairman Kevin Kiersey has warned.

The EU Commission must more readily introduce, as and when required, flexible and quick market support instruments providing for strategic/counter- seasonal stock-holding, such as intervention and APS, export incentives such as export refunds and other demand promoting measures, he said.

Only such committed market-support measures would reliably help, when markets are being temporarily distorted, to restore balance, counteract seasonal supply variations and, by prioritising viable dairy incomes, secure quality EU supplies of milk for EU consumers, he insisted.

Mr Kiersey was speaking after a major EU conference 'What Future for Milk?' in Brussels.

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