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Irish Push For Strong Export Refunds Regime

by 5m Editor
26 March 2008, at 11:54am

IRELAND - The Irish agriculture minister Mary Coughlan has called for a strong pig meat expoort refund regime across Europe.

Irish agriculture minister Mary Coughlan

Speaking at the Council of Ministers Meeting in Brussels last week week, the minister said that in view of the on-going difficulties in the pig meat sector it is imperative that a strong export refund regime remains in place.

The weak dollar is hampering third country sales and a solid refund system will send the necessary signal to the industry to enable them to market pigmeat successfully and thereby help to sustain improved producer prices.

"I continue to be concerned about the situation in the pigmeat sector. The market support measures introduced by the Commission last year helped to stabilise the market and many Member States have seen an improvement in prices over recent weeks. Producers, however, continue to experience major difficulties due to the high cost of feed," she said.

Minister Coughlan's position was echoed by a large number of Member States who share her concern that everything possible must be done to support this very important sector.

5m Editor