Omagh branch of the Ulster Farmers’ Union has warned that farmers have reached the point of possible revolt “if something worthwhile does not come out of the Price Review”.
In a resolution at last week’s annual meeting the branch urged the Price Review team to tackle the forthcoming negotiations with all the force they can muster “now that the balance of payments seems so strong”.
“Agriculture could save £200m on imports if given the necessary incentives,” the resolution says.
“The patience of farmers had been stretched as far as they are prepared to go. Year after year the price review negotiations have been disappointing but this kind of treatment just cannot be allowed to go on for ever.”
The meeting pledged complete confidence in the Price Review team.
In the election of officers at which Mr Frank Espley, union assistant secretary, presided, Mr Samuel Robinson was appointed chairman in succession to Mr W Colhoun, who becomes vice-chairman.
Mr Robinson is very well-known in union circles, being a member of the Central Milk Committee and a member of the Central Committee of the Northern Ireland Ploughing Association.
Other officers elected were – branch secretary, Mr William Porter; delegates to the UFU Council – Messrs Sam Robinson, James Riddell, Mervyn Archdale, Carl Logan and A J Marshall.
Mr Alan Kyle was elected as the delegate to the County Committee.