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Industry called to action 9 December 2005

    The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Hon Phil Gawne MHK, will be holding an open meeting for the farming industry on Monday 19th December, starting at 8pm at the Mount Murray Hotel.

    “My aim on the night is to explain the position the industry will be in when the final red meat derogation expires in 2010,” said Mr Gawne. “We are facing perhaps the biggest change in Manx farming for 70 years. We are fortunate to have secured a five-year extension period in which to prepare ourselves for the change.”

    “We will all need to work together to ensure the industry is ready for the new trading conditions. It will not be easy, but I am confident there is a good future for those who accept the challenges ahead.”

    The Department is expecting confirmation within weeks that a five-year extension has been formally agreed. Crucially, however, the agreement is likely to provide that further extensions are unlikely to be allowed. This means that, from January 2011, the Island will no longer regulate imports of meat. The Island’s industry will have to work hard to demonstrate the high quality of its products against poorer quality, though cheaper, imported meat.

    “We also want to explain the changes we are making in the Department’s approach to reform of the Agricultural Marketing Act,” said the Minister. “Our aim is to slim down and modernise the Marketing Society and to provide Limited Liability status to the membership.”

    9th December 2005

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