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Thursday, 31 March 2022

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

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Photo of Denis NaughtenDenis Naughten (Roscommon-Galway, Independent)
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186. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the progress to date of the beef task force; the timeline for the completion of commitments given to the task force; the steps he is taking to implement the measures proposed by this Deputy and unanimously adopted by Dáil Éireann on 26 September 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16264/22]

Photo of Charlie McConalogueCharlie McConalogue (Donegal, Fianna Fail)
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The Beef Taskforce was established on foot of the beef sector agreement of 15th September 2019.

A number of issues raised by the Deputy in the motion referred to are covered in the Agreement.

The Beef Taskforce's remit as set out in its terms of reference was to monitor the implementation of the actions arising from that agreement. The Beef Taskforce had 11 meetings in total between its initial one in December 2019 and the final one in July last year.

I published the final report of the Chair of the Beef Taskforce last November.

The report clearly sets out that the group satisfied its remit in monitoring and progressing the implementation of the actions agreed by stakeholders in the beef sector agreement of 15th September 2019.

The Taskforce has delivered on its commitments which consisted of a total of 38 actions in two strands, one for the implementation of immediate changes and the second which related to strategic structural reform.

Further details relating to the Taskforce including the aforementioned Chairman's report, minutes of each meeting and the market transparency studies that were commissioned are available on my Departments website at:


As the Deputy will be aware, earlier this year, I announced the establishment of a Food Vision Dairy Group. I will also establish a group for the beef and sheep sectors, to advance the specific sectoral actions identified in Food Vision 2030.

Preparations are currently under way to establish this new Group and further details will be announced in due course.

Ensuring there is a long-term, sustainable and viable future for our suckler and beef farmers is a key priority. This new sectoral forum will take a strategic view of supporting the development of the sector and contribute to our over arching objective of our Food Vision 2030 strategy, that Ireland will become a world leader in sustainable food systems over the next decade.


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