19 Jul 2012
IFA MEET NEW FIANNA FAIL SPOKESMAN ON AGRICULTURE EAMON O CUIVUncategorized
IFA President John Bryan met Fianna Fail’s newly-appointed Agriculture spokesman Eamon O’Cuiv to brief him on the issues affecting farmers.
John Bryan said he highlighted the importance of farm schemes and the severe impact that cuts to the schemes have had on low-income farmers in particular. “We expect Deputy O’Cuiv to make a strong case for the immediate introduction of a new AEOS Scheme for all farmers leaving REPS3. This is a vital income support that must be maintained.”
The IFA President said CAP reform was also discussed at the meeting. John Bryan said the key issue for Irish farmers is securing a fully-funded CAP Budget for both Pillar I and Pillar II. “We also need to secure the necessary flexibilities in CAP reform that fully support active, productive farmers.”
John Bryan said IFA is determined that the CAP post-2013 must support active farmers, underpin production and assist agriculture in contributing to our economic recovery. “Any redistribution of the Single Farm Payment cannot undermine farm viability. It must be minimal and limited, and spread out over the longest timeframe possible. Redistribution must be targeted at Young Farmers, and at active farmers with low payments through the National Reserve, using objective criteria, with the option of coupled support for vulnerable sectors.”
The impact of the weather on farming was also discussed at the meeting.