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Sinn Féin concerned regarding Agriculture, Food and Marine Reductions 2012 - Colreavy

5 December, 2011 - by Michael Colreavy TD

Speaking today from Leinster House following the publication of the public expenditure estimates report, Sinn Féin TD and party spokesperson on Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Deputy Michael Colreavy stated that “it simply does not make sense.”
The Deputy continued,
“Food Harvest 2020 and the Minister’s own expressed priorities indicate a desire to promote and develop agriculture, food and the marine and to maximise the contribution these industries can make to Ireland’s economic survival and regrowth. Today’s announcements include a 10% reduction in REPS4; gives no firm commitment to the reopening of AEOS in 2012 and introduces changes to the disadvantaged area schemes. This will inevitably lead to reduced payments for low income farming families. These reductions, when added to expected household charges, will have a devastating effect on these families.
Additionally the failure to provide for any significant increase in research and development and in land mobility/ early retirement and installation aid may be seen to be an opportunity missed in terms of the upcoming CAP negotiations.”
However the Deputy did welcome certain aspects of today’s announcement,
“Sinn Féin welcomes the retention of the Suckler cow welfare scheme and the establishment of beef discussion groups and the reopening of the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme (TAMS)”
He concluded,
“Sinn Féin will very carefully scrutinise the figures behind today’s summary and will seek to ensure that the interests of Irish Agriculture, Food and the Marine, and of those working in those industries, are protected from the worst aspects of this economically damaging publication of public expenditure estimates.”

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