Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has called for support for a the farmers protesting in Dublin today to demand a full CAP budget that supports productive farmers and the rural economy.
Martina Anderson said:
"I fully understand the action taken by members of the agri-food industry who have taken to the streets of Dublin today and to those who halted production in solidarity with the farmers. The agri-food sector is increasingly expected to do more with less and this is simply not sustainable.
"The farmers are putting pressure on the government to get the best CAP deal possible, I hope that, as much of the negotiations will take place under the Irish Presidency that the government will use this position to influence these negotiations on CAP reform to the advantage of agri-food sector"
"A prosperous agri-food sector can play a significant part in economic recovery across the island, however if it continues to be forced to sell produce below the cost of production it will only drive more people from the land with a seriously detrimental effect on the general economy. We need to get serious about protecting our agri-food sector and a healthy CAP is the way to go about this".