Speaking after the second regional CAP information meeting in Claremorris and Kilkenny, IFA President John Bryan said the overwhelming view among the farmers present was that the Ciolos proposals must be rejected because of the damage they would do to Irish agriculture.
At the meetings, the IFA President delivered a strong message to over 1000 farmers about the importance of securing a fully-funded Budget for the Single Farm Payment and Rural Development measures for vulnerable sectors and regions.
“Pressure from some member states for a reduction in the overall CAP Budget post-2013 must be resisted and the Heads of Government meeting next month will have to put in place a full Budget up to 2020,” he noted.
“The Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney received a very clear message in Kilkenny and Claremorris about the negative impact of the flat-rate system and regionalisation, as it would cause major disruption at farm level. The Government must step up its negotiations to ensure an outcome that supports production”.
The IFA President urged the Minister to convey the strong message from last week’s Day of Action, when 20,000 farmers marched in Dublin to fight for the future of family farming.
“The future of farming in this country depends greatly on the Single Farm Payment and Rural Development measures for vulnerable sectors and regions, including the option of coupled payments. For Pillar 11, this means 50:50 co-financing from the Irish Government,” he said.
Concluding, Mr Bryan said farmers were very concerned about the level of cuts that could be imposed if the Ciolos proposals went ahead.
“The Minister set out his alternative model, which would also include reductions in the Single Farm Payment for some of our most productive farmers. The onus is on Minister Coveney to work with other member states to deliver a CAP Budget and a payment system that does not undermine the sector,” he added.