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ICSA gives cautious welcome to reopening of Japanese beef market

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association has said that while the re-opening of the Japanese market for Irish beef is positive, it remains to be seen how much it impacts beef prices in the long run.

ICSA president Gabriel Gilmartin said: “While additional revenue of up to €15m for the Irish beef industry is a very welcome development, it is not enough to make a significant impact on beef prices in the coming months.

“However, it sends out a very positive signal on the quality of Irish beef and the meat industry must build on this to deliver better prices.”

Mr Gilmartin commended An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, and the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, on their efforts in securing the agreement with the Japanese government.

 
 
 

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