In response to Minister Coveney’s announcement yesterday of news CAP funding arrangements, Sinn Féin’s agricultural spokesperson, Martin Ferris TD, said:
“The reduction of Pillar II payments sends the wrong message to a sector that has contributed favourably, in extreme circumstances, to the Irish economy.
“When the reductions in Pillar I payments were first suggested, farmers were told that the payback would come in Pillar II.
“Farmers find themselves being asked to do more for less under environment schemes and with the REPS IV coming to an end, without replacement until 2015, many will suffer unacceptable drop in income.
“A positive message was needed, but unfortunately, it was not forthcoming from Minister Coveney last night.”