Irish shoppers are paying high food prices yet farmers are not getting the benefit, according to a survey released today by Roscommon deputy Denis Naughten.

The survey carried out this week, excluding special offers, shows that the farmer gets €3.76 for a kilo of beef while shoppers are paying on average €12 for a kilo of round roast in their supermarket. The independent deputy says that’s a mark up of 218%.

He says that while the processing and supermarket sector may contest these figures, what they cannot ignore is that when this is compared to the same survey 15 years ago the share going to the farmer has dropped by a quarter, over that period.

In 2005, the same survey showed that the farmer was receiving €2.80 for a kilo of beef while shoppers were paying on average €6.60 for a kilo of round roast in their supermarket. That was a mark up of 135%.

The survey indicates that the share going to the farmer has gone from 40% in 2005 to just 30% today, a drop of a quarter. This he claims clearly highlights the reason why the suckler beef sector is struggling.

Speaking about the survey results on Midwest News today, Deputy Naughten has called for new European law, which will ban 16 unfair trading practices covering agricultural and food products traded in the food supply chain, to be introduced as a matter of urgency here.

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