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Ferris expresses disappointment on limit to CAP payments

20 March, 2013 - by Martin Ferris TD


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Agriculture Martin Ferris TD has expressed disappointment at the upper limit for individual farm payments here being set at €150,000. He was responding to some further clarification of the moves towards an agreement on reform of the CAP.

Deputy Ferris said;

“I am disappointed that the Minister did not fight harder in favour of his own stated support for an upper limit of €100,000. There is really no justification for the large sums which a tiny percentage of individuals and companies receive in comparison to the small payments that go to a massive proportion of farmers both here and in other European countries.

“While there are several options still open to ensure a fairer distribution of payments to small to medium producers, I would hope that the concession on the payments limit does not signal a surrender by the Minister to the interests of larger beneficiaries.”

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