Minister McConalogue laid out the current situation for the Agri-food sector during his Dáil Statements on Agriculture, Marine and Food Security

Minister McConalogue laid out the current situation for the Agri-food sector during his DáilStatements on Agriculture, Marine and Food Security

During his Statements on Agriculture, Marine and Food Security in the Dáil yesterday, Minister Charlie McConalogue laid out the current situation for the Agri-food sector.

In his statement he addressed the rising costs being incurred by food producers due to the Russian invasion of the Ukraine, the ongoing impacts from the Trade and Co-operation Agreement, which has impacted Irish fishing quotas by 26%, costing the Irish fishing fleet and processing sector tens of millions of euros annually, and the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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He said that while the EU Commission has allowed Member States greater flexibility, they have not provided any subsidies for fuel costs.

The Minister promised that his department is working hard to put in place solutions such as support schemes.

In his statement on the Seafood sector, he said:

“The Seafood sector has also been particularly impacted by the crisis.

“The price of marine fuel remains a matter of concern for our fishing fleet and broadly across the seafood sector. This is the most recent crisis to hit our seafood sector in the last number of years and those crises are having a cumulative impact.

“The Government is acutely aware of the impact that rising prices are having on businesses right across the country. While the EU Commission has provided additional flexibility in relation to the use of funds under the EU Fisheries fund in the context of the fuel crises, no additional funds have been made available.

“The impacts of Brexit and the TCA continue to be a significant concern for our seafood sector and coastal communities. Since the publication of the Report of the Seafood Task Force – Navigating Change, my Department has been working to urgently examine the recommendations and bring forward proposals for support schemes.

“So, to conclude, and as I said at the beginning, our great sector is facing one of its most significant challenges in many decades, coming immediately after challenges posed by the pandemic and Brexit.”

Brian J McMullin Solicitors
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