Written answers

Thursday, 17 December 2020

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Beef Industry

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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639. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the issues discussed at the most recent meeting of the beef forum; the date and agenda for the next meeting; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44395/20]

Photo of Charlie McConalogueCharlie McConalogue (Donegal, Fianna Fail)
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The Beef Taskforce was established to provide the leadership to develop a sustainable pathway for the future of the beef sector. The Taskforce provides a robust implementation structure for commitments entered into in the Beef Sector Agreement of 15th September 2019, with timelines and stakeholder engagement. At the meeting of the Taskforce in October, the discussion centred on an application for PGI status for Irish Grass Fed Beef, which I have subsequently submitted to the European Commission for approval.

There have been six meetings of the Taskforce to date and the next meeting will be held this week. The market transparency studies commissioned as part of the beef sector agreement and the current market situation will be discussed.

Information relating to the work of the taskforce including minutes and updates on progress is available on my Department's website: gov.ie - Beef Taskforce (www.gov.ie)


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