"Irish coalition puts pig industry jobs at risk"
The Irish opposition said that the current coalition
between the political parties Fianna FÃ¡il and the Green Party would contribute
to rising food prices and to job losses, especially in the pig and poultry
Michael Creed, Irish member of
parliament and agriculture and food spokesperson for the opposition party Fine
Gael, said, "Fianna FÃ¡il's lack of commitment to a viable, vibrant agricultural
industry coupled with the Green Party's political manoeuvring is a dangerous
combination for farmers."
In particular, decisions regarding imports of genetically modified (GM) feed
have the potential to severely damage the agricultural sector.
"The Minister for Food Trevor
Sargent , appears to
be trying to ride two horses on this issue," Creed said.
inevitable consequence of the Greens posturing on GM feed combined with FF's
indifference will be job losses in the pig and poultry sector immediately and
higher food prices for consumers sooner rather than
Creed continued, "As the price of compound feeds increases due to Government
inaction, the pig industry is immediately in the firing line. 7,000 jobs are at
risk and if bacon products have to be imported prices will rise."
"Government pussy-footing on this issue is making it harder for
farmers to plan and indeed some pig producers are not servicing their breeding
stock because of the uncertainty."
Creed called for a committee to facilitate a debate on GM food, feed and
crops and their use.
"It is high time for a full debate on the whole
GM issue instead of Government policy being determined by awkward attempts at
consensus between FF and the Greens. Farmers need clear
The Irish prime minister Bertie Ahern is a member of Fianna FÃ¡il. FF and the Green
Party have been in a coalition, together with the Progressive Democrats since
the last general elections in May this year.
â€¢ FiÃ¡nna Fail
â€¢ Green Party
â€¢ Fine Gael
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