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Relief that EU CAP cuts motion falls

14 March, 2013 - by Oliver McMullan

 Sinn Féin Agricultural Spokesperson Oliver McMullan has said that the rejection of the European Council’s Budget proposals was a relief to the farming community.

 Mr. McMullan said,

 “The EU Budget proposals would have resulted in a 20% decrease to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) budget resulting in hardship for farmers on the ground.

 “As well as cuts to CAP funding we would also have seen a huge cut in the Structural Funds and Peace IV funding which would have seen other funding streams for farmers curtailed.

 “Farmers unions across the entire island of Ireland are in agreement in opposing these cuts, so there will be relief that the budget was voted down.

 “I was however disappointed that two MEP’s Diane Dodds of DUP and Jim Nicholson of the UUP voted for the austerity measures to reduce the CAP funding in the coming years.

 “We now need to gather together political support to ensure that the current negotiations on the Single Farm Payment have the needs of farmers at the heart of any agreement.

 “The future of CAP needs to meet the needs of farmers right across this island to include small, medium and large farm holdings and I would appeal to those parties who supported austerity cuts today in Europe to join with us in delivering a fair and equitable settlement for farmers.”  

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