IFA Claim Compromise WTO Proposals Will Damage Irish Industry

The Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) has said the compromise proposal over a new global trade deal will seriously damage Irish farming.

The agreement, would lead to a 23% reduction in EU beef tariffs over the next five years, as well as an import quota of 290,000 tonnes at very low tariff rates.

IFA president Padraig Walshe says this would seriously damage Irish agriculture and is not acceptable to Irish farmers.

On Sunday, Agriculture Minister Brendan Smith, who's at the negotiations, said the deal on the table is unacceptable at the moment.

The negotiations are an attempt to secure a new agreement that would allow developed and developing countries greater access to one another's markets.

EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson has indicated his support for the deal and says the vast majority of EU states are backing the compromise.

He has also insisted that there is nothing in the proposals that would undermine "any part of European agriculture".


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