Deering Looks Forward to Sugar Industry Meeting.

9th July, 2012

 

Carlow Fine Gael TD, Pat Deering who was recently elected vice-chair of the new Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine is looking forward to tomorrow’s (Tuesday) meeting where the redevelopment of the Irish Sugar Beet Industry will be discussed.

Two groups, BEET Ireland and the Irish Sugar Bio-Refinery Group have both conducted feasibility studies into the possibility of establishing a sugar / bio-ethanol facility in Ireland. The current EU proposals for the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is to completely abolish sugar quotas from 30th September 2015. Minister Coveney and the Irish Government support this proposal.

The newly formed Joint Oireachtas Committee will meet both groups tomorrow to discuss how best to move their proposals forward, and both will get an opportunity to outline their feasibility studies and present their cases.

Deputy Deering said “we are looking forward to meeting the two groups and hear them present their proposals on how to establish a sugar and bio-ethanol industry in Ireland. This has been discussed by members of our committee over a long period of time and we hope tomorrows meeting will move it on to the next phase. Sugar prices have never been as high as they are now and with the abolition of quotas promised for 2015 I feel the time is right to get back into growing beet and producing sugar again and keeping what money we spend on sugar in our own economy.”