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Ferris: CAP reform must deliver for majority of farmers

28 May, 2013 - by Martin Ferris TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Agriculture Martin Ferris TD has called on EU farm ministers meeting in Dublin today to agree on a new system of farm payments that will benefit the majority of farmers.

Deputy Ferris said;

“The current system is badly skewed in favour of a small minority of recipients, many of them not active farmers, who receive the lion’s share of the Single Farm Payment. It is vital therefore that the new system includes a significant redistribution of those funds towards the majority of farmers, many of whom are struggling to maintain a viable income.

“There are still a number of proposals on the table which can deliver such a reform, and I would strongly urge that Minister Coveney supports those which can bring about the required changes.

“Nobody is advocating that productive farmers should be at a loss but the claim that those who stand to benefit from a redistribution are ‘unproductive’ is an insult to tens of thousands of Irish farmers.

“Nor is it a valid defence of a system in which in some counties a handful of individuals and companies receive as much in payments as hundreds of others.”


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