Sinn Féin leads farm delegation to Brussels for talks on Single Farm Payment
The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Agriculture, Martin Ferris TD has reiterated Sinn Féin’s support for a move towards a more equitable system of farm payments. He was speaking in Brussels where he is part of a delegation of Sinn Féin and farming representatives to discuss the proposed reform of the Single Farm Payment.
The delegation met with Mike McKenzie of the Agriculture Commission and discussed the implications of the proposals for Irish farmers.
Deputy Ferris said;
“Sinn Féin has long argued in favour of a more equitable system of farm payments under the CAP. Fundamental to that is a limit on the amount any one person can receive in a year and the stopping of payments to large agri-businesses. We propose an initial limit of €100,000 moving to a lower cut-off by 2019.
“That would free up substantial sums which could go towards a higher rate of per hectare payment. At present the system of payments is skewed towards a small number of larger farmers who receive a disproportionate amount of the funds. We support a redistribution of that in order to ensure that as many farm families remain on the land with a reasonable income as is possible.
“In conjunction with the restructured farm payment an extra environmental payment needs to be put in place to help support the family farm in more marginal and disadvantaged areas.”