Minister Killeen Welcomes Government Deal With Pig Processors

From: Dunphy Public Relations
Published: Fri Dec 12 2008

The Clare T.D. said, "The significance of this agreement cannot be understated as it allows for full-scale, commercial slaughtering to start. I hope that most of the larger processors will recommence slaughtering immediately and, as a result, Irish pigmeat sector back on track."

"Bord Bia and the other relevant State Agencies, as well as the Government's network of Embassies, have already commenced an immediate domestic and international marketing campaign to re-establish the Irish pork and bacon brand in all our markets. The Government and those working within the Irish pigmeat sector are determined to rebuild the country’s longstanding and proud reputation of being a supplier of quality pork and bacon products for both the domestic and international markets", added Minister of State Killeen.

Meanwhile, he welcomed the decision, taken at the EU Animal Products Management Committee, to support the Irish pig industry.

The aid to private storage scheme, which applies specifically to Ireland, has a potential value of €15 million. It will support the temporary storage of meat for up to six months. The amount of aid for this private storage is differentiated according to the type of product and period of storage with a maximum figure of €464 per tonne.

"The scheme provides firm recognition of goodwill from the EU Commission and other EU Member States for Ireland’s pig sector at this important time. Following on from the agreement with the pig processors, this aid to private storage scheme is an important support measure that will allow the industry appropriate breathing space in view of the difficulties that may arise in the coming months," concluded Minister Killeen.

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