Ferris expresses disappointment on limit to CAP payments
March 20, 2013
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Agriculture Martin Ferris TD has expressed disappointment at the upper limit for individual farm payments here being set at €150,000. He was responding to some further clarification of the moves towards an agreement on reform of the CAP.
Deputy Ferris said;
“I am disappointed that the Minister did not fight harder in favour of his own stated support for an upper limit of €100,000. There is really no justification for the large sums which a tiny percentage of individuals and companies receive in comparison to the small payments that go to a massive proportion of farmers both here and in other European countries.
“While there are several options still open to ensure a fairer distribution of payments to small to medium producers, I would hope that the concession on the payments limit does not signal a surrender by the Minister to the interests of larger beneficiaries.”