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IGFA representatives met with An Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, Minister of State Martin Heydon and Senator Maria Byrne on 22 June 2022. The aim of the meeting was to highlight the challenges faced by the Irish Animal Feed Industry and specifically the costs of doing business in our sector. These costs do not just have a significant impact of IGFA members, but knock-on effects further up the food chain. Our concerns were discussed under 3 agenda items. Read briefing here.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has had a huge impact on global feed material markets. The Ukraine and Russia are major suppliers of maize, wheat, barley, rapeseed, beet pulp and sunflower oil. The Ukraine alone supplies 9.2 million tonnes of maize to the EU (57% of EU imports). In Ireland, we imported a total tonnage of 119,269MT of maize in March 2021 and 86,460T (73%) came from The Ukraine. These exports typically take place through the spring into the early summer. For further info see our briefing documents.
The Boeing–Airbus dispute between the EU and the US has been ongoing for 16 years. In November 2020, EU member states gave the green light to proceed with the publication of a list of products originating in the US that would be subject to duties. This EU retaliation means that products on Annex 1 of Regulation 2020/1646 will have an additional 15% duty and those on Annex II, a 25% duty. Read more here.
McGuinness tells IGFA on Brexit: “Prepare for change”
First Vice-President of the European Parliament, Mairead McGuinness MEP, joined the IGFA Feed Committee 2 September 2020 to discuss concerns about the impact of Brexit on the sector and the progress of negotiations between the EU and the UK. With the continued uncertainty and so many details still unclear, feed businesses across the country are struggling to plan and prepare for the potential impacts of Brexit. Read more here.
Deirdre Webb, Director of the IGFA has reiterated that Irish farmers can continue to rely on their animal feed suppliers who are working around the clock. She said “March is always a busy month but this year we are dealing with a whole range of new challenges. We are pleased that we are continuing to fulfil all our obligations to our customers and are confident that we will continue to provide an excellent service. For more information see IGFA News Release Monday 30 March 2020 and IGFA News Release Thursday 19 March 2020.