Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar urged farmers to trust his party to get the best trade deal possible after Brexit as he set out his party's plans for the agriculture sector.

Speaking at the mart in Fermoy, Co Cork, Mr Varadkar said the party would protect farmers' interests in the context of Brexit and reform of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy.

The party's policies include establishing a new regulator to police unfair trading practices in business to business relationships in the agricultural and food supply chain.

Fine Gael said it will also fully support the beef sector through the implementation of the beef sector agreement, and negotiate a strong Common Agricultural Policy budget with a particular emphasis on supporting younger farmers.

Mr Varadkar was accompanied on his visit to the mart by Simon Coveney and Michael Creed.

"We know our farmers and our agri-food sector will be hardest bit by Brexit," Mr Varadkar said.

"We negotiated the best possible Brexit deal for Ireland to protect Ireland from a catastrophic no deal scenario.

"But Brexit isn't finished, it's only at half time. The next phase - negotiating a trade deal - will be absolutely crucial for farmers.

"I'm asking farmers to stick with the Fine Gael team - with our track record and relationships in Europe - to deliver the deal."