CAP Reform crucial to future of Irish Agriculture – Ó Domhnaill

“It is essential that the European Commission abandon its controversial proposals to make 2014 a reference year for farm payments.”

 

Speaking at the National Ploughing Championships in Athy today Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill said; “The CAP reform proposal coming from the European Commission has the potential to prove devastating for the Irish Agriculture industry and thousands of farm families.”

“The European Commissioner for Agriculture Mr. Dacian Ciolos is due to launch the official CAP proposals on October 12th next.  The proposals by the European Commission to replace the Single Farm Payment (SFP) with the a flat rate Single Area Payment (SAP) has the potential to provoke a land grab over the next 3 years as farmers would seek to secure as much ground as possible to maximise their Single Farm Payments.  The new proposals under the CAP reform would be based on the area of eligible land farmed in 2014.”

“It is obviously crucial that the Minister for Agriculture and Department Officials ensure that these proposals are amended prior to the official CAP reform being launched on October 12th. I am today calling on the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney TD to enter into emergency discussions with the European Commissioner for Agriculture Mr. Dacian Ciolos.”

“Another worrying element of the Commission’s proposals is that under the new CAP, direct payments would be made to people whose  annual agriculture activity did not exceed 5% of their annual economic activity excluding public subsidy resulting in the implementation of the CAP.  If these proposals were to be implemented it would effectively rule out thousands of smaller cattle and sheep farmers including many Donegal Farmers as there enterprises are not intrinsically profitable.”

“These proposals are totally unacceptable and Fianna Fáil is totally opposed to any such suggestions. It is vitally important that these discussions take place as a matter of urgency between the Minister and the Commissioner in order to rectify these potentially devastating CAP reform proposals.”

Posted: Sep 21, 2011     |     Categories: Uncategorized