Sinn Féin delegation to visit Brussels on CAP reform
The Sinn Féin spokesperson on agriculture, Martin Ferris TD, will lead a Sinn Féin delegation to Brussels next week to discuss the proposals to reform the Single Farm Payment as part of the overall reform of CAP.
The delegation will also include Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, Councillors Gerry Murray and Rose Conway Walsh of Mayo and several representatives of small farmers in the west.
The delegation will meet with officials from the Commission and representatives of the Parliament who have been central to framing the proposals.
Sinn Féin will also be launching a substantial report and consultation document on rural Ireland next Thursday, March 7.
Deputy Ferris said: “Our general view is that the payments system need to move towards a more equitable area based payment and we will be outlining our position in Brussels. More importantly we are facilitating what is a wide-ranging debate within the farming community, particularly among small to medium producers on the proposed reforms. I do not believe that the level of support for a fairer system, including the capping of individual payments, is being adequately reflected.”