04 Apr 2012
MINISTER MUST TOUGHEN HIS NEGOTIATING POSITION ON FUTURE OF CAP REFORM – BRYANBrussels
IFA President John Bryan said following a heated discussion at this week’s Executive Council meeting, there was a strong call on the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to toughen his negotiating position on the future distribution of the CAP payments post-2013.
Mr Bryan said, “Council members from every county were united in their concern at the changing position of the Minister in recent weeks. From a point where he assured everybody he was working resolutely to limit any reductions in the ‘gross SFP’ to a maximum 10-15%, members were in disbelief to hear that deductions for greening will come on top of this, and actually result in total SFP cuts of well over 30% for thousands of active farmers.”
John Bryan said, “Minister Coveney must ensure Ireland maintains a tough bargaining position for Ireland and ensure the full envelope for Pillar 1 and Pillar 2 is secured. Any changes to the SFP after 2013 must minimise disruption at farm level, and maximise the productive base and the contribution of the agri-food sector to the economy. Any other outcome would undermine the viability of thousands of farm businesses and be a massive setback for our <i>Food Harvest 2020 </i>growth targets.”
Concluding, John Bryan said, “The Minister must deliver a CAP reform that supports active farmers and limits cuts in the gross SFP, including greening.”