18 Nov 2011
TAOISEACH AND TANAISTE REASSURE IFA ON CAP REFORM STRATEGYOireachtas
IFA President John Bryan this week led an IFA delegation to meet with the Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tanaiste Eamonn Gilmore and senior Government officials. The group, which comprised representatives from the Dairy, Livestock and Rural Development Committees, highlighted the issues of key concern to farmers, and outlined the key role agriculture is playing in the economic recovery.
John Bryan said, “Of immediate concern are the budgetary decisions the Government will take in the coming weeks, particularly the importance of retaining funding for farm schemes, which are a vital support to the low-income sectors. The provision of supportive taxation measures, which will facilitate the restructuring and expansion of the sector, are also crucial.”
Mr Bryan welcomed the commitment given at the meeting by both the Taoiseach and the Tanaiste to ensuring that the Single Farm Payment (SFP) and Rural Development funding in the CAP Budget post-2013 are fully secured, and that the SFP payments must be targeted at active, productive farmers.
He said, “The negotiations on the CAP will decide the structure and shape of farming in Ireland. It is vital that Government fight for a policy that supports productive farmers and delivers a fully funded Rural Development programme to support agriculture and vulnerable farm sectors across rural Ireland.