Coveney calls on Europe for more action on dairy market supports

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney today called on the EU Commission to take further action on dairy market support measures.

The Minister was speaking in Brussels where he attended a meeting of the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council of Ministers.

“I have asked the Commissioner to give serious consideration to an intervention price increase. There can be no doubt that softening of global dairy markets has had an impact on dairy farmers in Ireland and throughout the EU and the possibilities remain for this to continue.

“In such context, the full range of measures should be under consideration in terms of any possible response. I welcome the decision by the Commissioner, to extend the timeframe for intervention beyond the 30th September 2015 deadline which was something I had been calling for too.”

Coveney  also said that he had asked the Commission to look at increasing both the volumes eligible and price paid for intervention to a level that provides a realistic safety net.

“It’s important to use the full range of market measures available and for the Commission to act early and decisively to put a price floor in place where appropriate.”

During discussions on developments in other market sectors, Ministers also discussed the pig meat sector.

Minister Coveney said the Irish and EU pig meat sector has been particularly badly affected by the Russian ban.

“I have asked the Commission to monitor market developments and fully assess all potential market support measures available.”