Crucial day for Future of Irish Agriculture – Ó Domhnaill

Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture Brian Ó Domhnaill has this morning said that the CAP reform proposals, to be releases by the EU Commission later today, will shape the future of Irish Agriculture payment to 2019.

Speaking this morning Ó Domhnaill said; “The EU Commission has continued to make changes to the proposals before being published later this morning (Wednesday 12th October).”

 

Concerns

“I have major concerns that the commissions proposals could bring about a very negative scenario for Irish Agriculture if they push ahead with the 2014 year proposal. The proposals by the commission to replace the Single Farm Payment (SFP) with 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 other very worrying element ahead of today’s announcement is the commissions proposals that people who have off farm income of over 20 times their direct payment would be ineligible for any new CAP payment. This proposal also includes the provision that any one paid less that €5,000 in direct payments will be excluded from the rule.”

“If the commission presses ahead with these suggested proposals – Irish Agriculture will be severely damaged. Such proposals would have a very damaging effect on the Agri- Food Industry, Jobs, Exports and Agricultures contributions to economic recovery.”

ENDS

 For further information contact Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill: 086 8218084

Note to Editors

Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill will attend a briefing event on the CAP Reform Announcement in European House, Dublin at 1p.m. today

Posted: Oct 12, 2011     |     Categories: Uncategorized