The Sinn Féin spokesperson on Agriculture Martin Ferris TD has called on Minister Simon Coveney to implement the most radical redistribution of farm payments allowable within the parameters of the reformed Common Agricultural Policy.
Deputy Ferris, in a Dáil question, pointed out that there was no evidence to justify the discrepancy between payments on the basis of farm productivity.
Deputy Ferris said;
“Statistics on stocking density prove that there is very little difference between livestock farmers on less than €5,000 a year, and the small number of recipients on over €50,000. I would hope therefore that the Minister ensures that there is the greatest flexibility on behalf of the vast majority of those on low payments, rather than the 2% of farmers at the upper end of the scale.”