IFA PRESIDENT CALLS ON TAOISEACH AND MINISTER COVENEY TO REJECT EU CAP PROPOSALS

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12 Oct 2011

IFA PRESIDENT CALLS ON TAOISEACH AND MINISTER COVENEY TO REJECT EU CAP PROPOSALS

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Speaking in Brussels following the publication of the CAP document in Brussels today (Wed), IFA President John Bryan has called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to reject the proposed changes to the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy which have been published. He said “the CAP reforms would have a devastating effect on Irish agriculture because proposed changes to the Single Farm Payment could result in farmers losing up to 50% of their income.”
 
John Bryan said Minister Coveney must oppose the Commission proposals, as they will damage the viability of farm families and undermine the potential of the sector. He said “Given the importance of our agri-food sector, the Government must place itself at the centre of the negotiations over the next 12 months to ensure an outcome that supports active farmers, preserves the family farm model and maximises agriculture’s productive capacity.”
 
Mr Bryan said, “Commissioner Ciolos is creating a serious conflict between our ambitions to increase productionand what he wants in CAP post-2013. The flat-rate and ‘greening’ proposals will cause huge disruption at farm level and take Irish agriculture in the wrong direction. They have the potential to undermine farmers’ business decisions and investment plans, increase overhead costs and impose a whole new level of bureaucracy and red-tape.”
 
John Bryan said, “The Commission proposals would mean extra bureaucracy and a limit on production. This flies in the face of the Commission’s aims to ensure food security, sustainable production and maintaining farming and economic activity in marginal areas.  Irish agriculture is well positioned to meet these criteria and the Commissioner will have to revise these elements of his proposals.”

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