The Beef Plan Movement is holding a number of what it describes as 'peaceful protests' outside meat factories this week as it calls on members to not trade today (Monday).
Farmers protested outside ABP Bandon yesterday and are outside Dawn Meats in Ballyhaunisis since 7am this morning protesting, with more protests planned outside Kepak Athleague, Kepak Kilbeggan and Liffey Meats Ballinasloe.
It comes after the group staged a protest outside Aurivo in Ballaghaderreen on Friday last when the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed was attending the official opening of Aurivo's new dryer.
Two weeks on from the Beef Plan's protest outside Leinster House in Dublin, it says there has been "no attempt or correspondence from the Minister or his Department".
The group is calling on farmers to show support for the protests by joining the protest lines and not trading today with co-ops, marts, or factories.
However, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed has today announced details of the Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM). This measure will be funded by a combination of EU exceptional aid and Exchequer support, provided in light of the difficult circumstances that Irish beef farmers have been facing as a result of market volatility and uncertainty arising out of Brexit.
The Minister says he is keenly aware that the past few months have been very difficult for beef farmers. There has been a prolonged and exceptional period of depressed prices since last autumn, with the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the outcome of Brexit, among other factors, contributing to this market disturbance.”
BEAM will provide financial aid to Irish beef farmers and is targeted towards those farmers most affected. BEAM is also designed to meet the requirements set out by the Commission, including granting support to farmers engaging in actions which enhance their long-term resilience and sustainability.
It is a demand-led, voluntary scheme. Farmers who meet the initial eligibility criteria will then have to commit to meeting a number of conditions in order to qualify for aid.
BEAM will open for applications during the third week of August 2019. Applications will be accepted online through AgFood.ie.