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CAP Reform must prevent flight from the land - de Brún

22 September, 2010 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP, Bairbre de Brún speaking at the National Ploughing Championships at Fennin Farm, Athy, Co. Kildare today said that the reform of the European Common Agriculture Policy "needs to lay out a vision which will prevent flight from the land and the shocking increase in emigration which are witnessing once again.”

Ms de Brún said:

"It is clear from my many conversations with farm families here at the National Ploughing Championships that CAP needs to help those who need it most. We must ensure that active farmers remain on the land and receive a fair price so they can produce goods and services that society demands.

"The farmers that I have met today are also very concerned with the level of payments they are receiving from retailers and processors for their produce and with rising costs and volatility in the markets.
"We need a CAP which ensures good quality food produced to high standards and through sound environmental practices. We need a CAP that will maintain jobs and strengthen the rural economy while helping to tackle climate change."

"We need a Single Farm Payment that is more equitably distributed and capped at €100,000. Presently, the largest proportion goes to the largest landowners and producers.

"We need simplified procedures and less bureaucracy, while tackling buyer power abuse. We must ensure full transparency in the food chain.”

Ms de Brún is a regular visitor to the National Ploughing Championships and later this week she will help launch an agri-food report alongside her party's TDs, Martin Ferris and Arthur Morgan at Ireland's premier rural event. ENDS

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