Deering Welcomes EU Decision to end Sugar Quotas by 2017.

26th June, 2013


Carlow Fine Gael TD, Pat Deering, has welcomed the EU decision to abolish sugar quotas and has said this could herald the return of sugar production to Ireland by 2017. Deputy Deering was speaking from Leinster House after EU negotiators agreed to abolish the system of sugar production quotas from October 2017 as part of wider reforms to the CAP.

 “I believe this is a historic decision for the Irish agricultural sector. I have argued for a number of years to reverse the decision to exclude Ireland from sugar production. The abolition of sugar quotas now opens the door for sugar production once again in Ireland and I am confident, when we secure a suitable site that we will see sugar produced here again by 2017. I’ll continue the fight to have the factory located in Carlow.

 “Previous CAP reforms which saw countries like Ireland, who were competitively producing sugar encouraged to give up their quota in my opinion were flawed. We sacrificed a valuable crop suitable to our conditions where growers and processors made a decent living. This should not have been allowed to happen.

 “The return of the sugar industry would create hundreds of direct jobs, it would also lead to significant bio-ethanol production and would allow for the production of feed products from the by-products of the beet.

 “I would like to acknowledge Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney TD, and his team of negotiators, who have been working hard to secure a CAP deal.Agreement was reached but at the same time the inclusion of this important element was never far from their minds.

 

 

  Deering Welcomes EU Decision to end Sugar Quotas by 2017.

Carlow Fine Gael TD, Pat Deering, has welcomed the EU decision to abolish sugar quotas and has said this could herald the return of sugar production to Ireland by 2017. Deputy Deering was speaking from Leinster House after EU negotiators agreed to abolish the system of sugar production quotas from October 2017 as part of wider reforms to the CAP.

 

 

“I believe this is a historic decision for the Irish agricultural sector. I have argued for a number of years to reverse the decision to exclude Ireland from sugar production. The abolition of sugar quotas now opens the door for sugar production once again in Ireland and I am confident, when we secure a suitable site that we will see sugar produced here again by 2017. I’ll continue the fight to have the factory located in Carlow.

 

 

“Previous CAP reforms which saw countries like Ireland, who were competitively producing sugar encouraged to give up their quota in my opinion were flawed. We sacrificed a valuable crop suitable to our conditions where growers and processors made a decent living. This should not have been allowed to happen.

 

 

“The return of the sugar industry would create hundreds of direct jobs, it would also lead to significant bio-ethanol production and would allow for the production of feed products from the by-products of the beet.

 

 

“I would like to acknowledge Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney TD, and his team of negotiators, who have been working hard to secure a CAP deal.Agreement was reached but at the same time the inclusion of this important element was never far from their minds.