Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has welcomed the visit of farming organisations to Brussels to engage with representatives from the Directorate Generals of Competition and Agriculture.

Ms. Anderson said,

“It is important that organisations representing farmers can go to Brussels and meet face to face with officials on issues of importance for the farming sector.

“The groups were able to highlight the difficulties and challenges they are facing. Some of the challenges discussed was concern over the issue of labeling as well as trade across the island of Ireland as well as with Britain.

“I have been engaging extensively with farming organisations and listening to their concerns and I committed to assisting them in my role as MEP.

“I wrote to the Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos on the 7th March to raise their concerns and I have subsequently put Severely Disadvantaged Areas (SDA) representatives in contact with officials from the Competition Commission who have had discussions on these important issues with SDA reps.

“Amongst those represented today in Brussels were members of the Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS)  and the IFA from the South and Livestock Marts and Cattle Finishers and SDA Farmers from the North.

“It is encouraging that there was strong representation from farming organisations from both sides of the border that once again emphasises the all-Ireland nature of the agricultural industry and the importance of confronting challenges together.”