CAP deal must be ‘equitable and fair’ – Adams
March 13, 2013
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said that “any deal agreed on reform of CAP farm payments scheme must be equitable and fair.”
The Sinn Féin leader was speaking during European statements in the Dáil today. Teachta Adams said:
“As negotiations on the reform of the single farm payment enter a crucial phase, there is an intense and widespread debate in the farming community.
“Despite some of the perceptions being created, there are substantial numbers of farmers who wish to see a move away from the current scheme to one which will ensure a fairer and more sustainable system for small to medium-sized producers.
“The perception among the many small to medium-sized producers is that the debate has been skewed in favour of larger producers who are in receipt of large payments.
“Over 80% of farmers receive an average payment of just over €5,000. Just 1.62% receive more than €50,000 but that accounts for over 10% of the total payments.
“There is, understandably, resentment regarding the perception that farmers on lower incomes and payments are in some way unproductive.
“However, as we all know and as applies to other aspects of the economy, the largest employers and providers on this island and in this State are the small and medium-sized enterprises.
“What are needed are fair and equitable proposals for the future of CAP. It is also vital that a viable scheme is introduced to encourage the transfer of land to younger farmers to aid future development of the sector.”