25 Feb 2013
OUTCOME OF FARM COUNCIL MEETING SENDS STRONG MESSAGE TO COMMISSIONER CIOLOS ON CAP REFORMBrussels
Speaking in Brussels this afternoon (Mon), IFA President John Bryan said the compromise proposals put forward by the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney, and adopted at todays meeting of the Council of Agriculture Ministers, still represent unacceptable cuts for thousands of Irish farmers.
The IFA President said the outcome of todays meeting sends a strong message to Commissioner Ciolos demanding flexibility, with some Member States insisting they are not prepared to accept the imposition of flat-rate payments, which would be very damaging to production in every part of Ireland.
John Bryan said the Minister must now hold firm against the Commissions plans and use the flexibilities secured at the Farm Council today to deliver a deal under CAP Reform that safeguards the payments of active, productive farmers.
The purpose of the Single Farm Payment is to support high quality food production. Movement to a flat rate payment per hectare with regionalisation regardless of enterprise or activity is totally unacceptable to Irish farmers and must be strongly resisted by Minister Coveney.