Dunnes Stores has agreed to talk with Irish Farmers' Association representatives on cost pressures across farming sectors.

The two sides are expected to meet later today.

As a result, farmers who were protesting at Dunnes Stores branches in Monaghan town and Bishopstown in Cork are lifting their pickets.

Earlier, IFA President Tim Cullinan called on the Government to intervene in the dispute over prices between farmers and retailers.

Mr Cullinan said Government inaction on retail legislation had left farmers without any power in the food chain and called on Minister for Agriculture and Food Charlie McConalogue to step in.

Pig and poultry farmers were protesting outside the two branches of Dunnes Stores demanding higher prices for their produce as production costs soar.

The protestors were mainly pig and poultry farmers, who say they cannot sustain rising costs of energy, feed and other inputs if prices paid to them do not also rise.

The IFA also met with management of Tesco, Centra, SuperValu and Lidl in recent days.