IFA PRESIDENT TELLS COMMISSIONER CIOLOS THAT IRELAND NEEDS FLEXIBILITY IN CAP REFORM

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IFA PRESIDENT TELLS COMMISSIONER CIOLOS THAT IRELAND NEEDS FLEXIBILITY IN CAP REFORM
11 Mar 2013

IFA PRESIDENT TELLS COMMISSIONER CIOLOS THAT IRELAND NEEDS FLEXIBILITY IN CAP REFORM

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Following a robust and constructive meeting with the EU Commissioner for Agriculture Dacian Ciolos this afternoon, IFA President John Bryan said he had pointed out to the Commissioner that his solution of regionalisation to his flattening proposals would not work for Irish farming, and was not an option.
 
John Bryan led a delegation to the meeting, which took place after farmers protested outside Dublin Castle today to highlight the damaging effects of the Commissioner’s CAP reform proposals on productive agriculture in Ireland.
 
“The clear message for Commissioner Ciolos was that he must use objective criteria in deciding how to allocate the Single Farm Payment into the future. We also made it clear that a high minimum payment for inactive farmers is not a runner and that greening cannot be used as a re-distribution mechanism.”
 
The IFA President said the debate on the CAP Reform must be about the viability of active farmers and support for primary production, which is the bedrock of our largest indigenous industry, maintaining 300,000 jobs and exports of €9bn.
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<div style=”text-align: justify”>Mr Bryan said active, productive farmers in every parish, and of every size and enterprise, will lose 20% or more of their income if these proposals go through. With incomes on most farms already at a low level, this robbing Peter-to-pay-Paul, flat-earth policy, will render thousands of our most productive farmers unviable. “As the CAP proposals stand, a large proportion of what is taken from productive farmers will be redistributed to inactive farmers, who don’t depend on farming for a living. Worse still, the more flattening that occurs, the more damage will be done to our ambitions around <i>Food Harvest 2020.”</i>
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<div style=”text-align: justify”>The IFA President re-stated that monies available for re-distribution must be targeted at active farmers who have built up their production, but have low payments.<br />
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