IFA President Joe Healy said the vote in the European Parliament this week on the EU Budget shows there is strong momentum to reverse the cuts proposed by the Commission. Joe Healy said IFA would be continuing its campaign to deliver a CAP Budget that supports farmers.
“Our members have been busy lobbying their local MEPs and TDs. There is strong backing for the CAP which supports farming and the rural economy, but that also delivers for consumers and makes an important contribution to our environment,” he said.
He said, “Governments across Member States have to take heed of this clear signal from the Parliament. The Irish Government has been strong in supporting the CAP Budget and it is important they continue to lead the charge for a higher Budget at EU Council level,” he said.
“Farmers need an increase to at least keep pace with inflation, and to support farmers for any additional measures they will be expected to take on as part of the new CAP. Average farm incomes are 40% of average earnings in other sectors across the EU. On cattle rearing and sheep farms, direct payments account for up to 115% of average farm income.”