The Bee Park Community Centre, Manorhamilton.
The Irish Natura & Hill Farmers Association (INHFA) are hosting a public meeting tonight, Friday 11th March in the Bee Park Centre Manorhamilton at 8pm.
INHFA County Chair for Leitrim and West Cavan Martin Feely noted that with the new CAP Programme commencing in 2023 INHFA is “running a number of meetings to inform farmers on details relating to this Programme.”
For many farmers in the North West the new CAP will stated Feely “provide increased income across Pillar 1 through further convergence, a flat rate payment in the eco-scheme and the introduction of a front-loaded payment model which will be paid on up to 30ha.”
Through the introduction of these payment models farmers in Leitrim, Sligo, Cavan and Donegal can he added “expect to see an overall increase in Pillar 1 payments. This increase of €20m annually will benefit over 15,000 farmers which represents 75% of farmers in the region.”
At farm gate level interest is focusing on how the individual schemes will operate. Here he stated “we are seeing a keen interest in details around the proposed Eco-scheme and the new Agri-environment and Climate Measure (AECM) which will succeed GLAS.”
In addition to this, farmers are he continued “anxious to know how entitlements will be calculated in the new CAP, what will happen their existing entitlements and how these new proposals will impact their payments.”
All of these questions and other issues relating to CAP will be addressed at tonight's meeting Feely explained.
With regard to proposals on new designations the INHFA Rep outlined how demands from Europe could see the land area of Ireland that is designated SAC or SPA increase from 13 to 30%. This he stressed “will be a major issue for farmers across the county on all land types as it will reduce farming output and income.”
“Details on this will also be outlined at tonight's meeting” concluded Feely
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