21 Mar 2013
IFA PRESIDENT TO ATTEND LEITRIM AGM TO GIVE UPDATE ON CAP REFORMUncategorized
IFA President John Bryan said he will be updating farmers on CAP Reform at tonight’s AGM in Leitrim. He said the next three months would be critical in securing the necessary flexibilities for active, productive farmers and the Minister for Agriculture must ensure no further cuts are conceded in negotiations with the European Parliament and the European Commission.
John Bryan said some farmers are being misled by politicians who don’t understand the issue and are belatedly taking an interest to improve their re-election prospects. “The Commission’s proposals would do serious damage to productive farming in Leitrim, and every other county. IFA will continue to campaign for a strong Single Farm Payment that is directed at active productive farmers using objective criteria such as stocking rates and coupling, and Pillar 2 Rural Development payments for active farmers in vulnerable sectors and regions.”
The IFA President said 500 officers had attended a regional meeting in Cavan last night, where there was a full discussion on the outcome of the Farm Council this week and the next phase of the negotiations. John Bryan said he has discussed CAP Reform with 2,000 farmers at a number of meetings in recent weeks, and there was unanimous endorsement of IFA’s stance on CAP Reform and the importance of securing a deal that will work for Irish agriculture.
John Bryan said the pressure must be maintained between now and June to ensure the final outcome delivers a flexible payment model and a strong Pillar 2 Rural Development Programme.