Tracking plan for scrap metal
The IFA has called for the introduction of a 'track and trace' compliance scheme that would require all scrap metal dealers to record the source of all the metal they receive.
The scheme would also include mandatory checks by local authorities and An Garda Siochana and regular inspections of records and premises.
IFA rural affairs chairman Harold Kingston said the scheme would identify individuals that trade illegally in such materials.
"If we cannot stop the theft of machinery at source, then we need an effective deterrent at the point of sale," insisted Mr Kingston.
Brazil in snags with Russians
BRAZILIAN meat exports to Russia could be banned due to poor monitoring of quality compliance.
Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) said inspections carried out during 2010 and 2011 gave a negative assessment to the majority of Brazilian enterprises visited.
"It should be noted that the inefficiency of the veterinary services in Brazil makes it impossible to resolve issues arising with companies that supply meat products to the Russian market in a rapid and expeditious manner," said Sergei Dankvert of Rosselkhoznadzor.