Irish farmers have called on the country's government to push the EU to implement market stabilisation measures, including a minimum price for milk.

The IFA has said that it is “essential” that farmers receive an increase in the price they are paid for milk.

“Farmers need to be making a minimum of two cents a litre or the industry just isn't sustainable,” a spokesperson for the farming association told just-food.

According to the IFA, “decisive market management” is required at a European level. Within Ireland, the government must address the “increasingly uncompetitive” cost of doing business in the country.

“First and foremost, we will be looking for the minister [Agriculture Minister Brendan Smith] to obtain an urgent commitment from new EU Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos that he will hold intervention stocks until producer milk prices recover to viable levels. This alone will do a lot to help stabilise the current uncertainty on EU dairy markets,” IFA president John Bryan said.
“We also need our minister to defend the dairy sector around the Cabinet table to reduce the cost to farming and processing businesses of energy, labour and compliance. He also needs to fight for a reduction in the new carbon taxation,” he added.