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26 Nov 2012

FULL CAP BUDGET ESSENTIAL FOR IRELAND -IFA

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<div style=”text-align: justify”>Following the breakdown of negotiations on the EU Budget, IFA President John Bryan said Taoiseach Enda Kenny must remain focused on securing a full CAP Budget for the Single Farm Payment and Rural Development for 2014-2020.
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<div style=”text-align: justify”>He said, “Some progress was made during last week’s discussions to resist the threat to CAP funding, following fresh proposals from President van Rompuy. However, Ireland would still face massive cuts that would have a very negative impact on the agriculture sector. The Taoiseach must build on the alliance with the French President Francois Hollande and others, and insist on a fully-funded CAP from 2014 to 2020”.
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<div style=”text-align: justify”>John Bryan said, “The Common Agriculture Policy is a critical support for Irish farming, underpinning farm incomes and production. For consumers, it provides a guarantee of a secure supply of quality, sustainable food produced to the highest animal welfare, food safety and environmental standards”.
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<div style=”text-align: justify”>“Farm income figures are estimated to drop by 22% in 2012, which clearly shows the critical importance of Direct Payments in underpinning farm incomes. The reality is that Direct Payments from Europe will account for more than 90% of farm incomes this year. In order to preserve the family farm model, it is essential that our Single Farm Payment and Rural Development are maintained.”

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