The Irish Beef & Lamb Association – IBLA – has said it “really has to question the logic and the approach taken by industry stakeholders, many of whom attempted to have the Beef Taskforce wound up”.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the group said that it “is no coincidence that this is happening”.
“The Beef Taskforce is the only forum, where it was called to have sittings live-streamed, similar to the meetings conducted under the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture.”
“There is nowhere to hide in transparent meetings,” it remarked.
It believes that “many” other forums have not delivered for farmers, but there is no call for these to be closed down.
“The Beef Taskforce was hard fought for and won by farmers standing at factory gates and who stood down the protests in good faith so that the Beef Taskforce would deliver on transparency and fairness.”
Will farmers have to take to the roads again?
In recent weeks, the group asked if Irish farmers will have to “take to the roads again”.
A spokesperson penned the following article, which we published.
It is the only forum where the beef industry can discuss to form a basis for a collaborative approach.
Most farmers agree its work has not been completed, with incomplete reports and hard questions on positions remaining unanswered.
IBLA wonders how any farm organisation truly fighting for its members would not want the meat industry held to account.
IBLA has looked for and stated openly that the Taskforce must remain in place to hold everybody to account.
Not one of the farm organisations, other than IBLA, has called for the taskforce to reconvene.