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Sinn Féin organise farming meetings to discuss Single Farm Payments

18 November, 2013 - by Oliver McMullan

Sinn Féin has organised information meetings on the future of Single Farm Payments and how these changes could impact upon farmers here.

 Agriculture Spokesperson Oliver McMullan said,

 “The European Single Farm Payment is vital for farmers in ensuring the viability of their farms and is a lifeline for many farmers.

“Under the Common Agriculture Policy the Single Farm Payments are to be replaced by a new Basic Payment Scheme so it is important that farmers hear from DARD officials on how this will impact upon them.

“DARD have agreed to send facilitators to meeting across the North on the issue with the first one being held in the Clogher Valley Community Centre in Augher on 20th Nov and the second one scheduled for the 28th Nov in the Cranagh Community Hall in the Sperrins between Draperstown and Plumbridge.

 “Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson will also be in attendance in order to give information on how the EU works and to listen to the issues that arise.

“CAP reform has allowed for regionalisation and DARD has indicated that there are as many as 80 decision points which can help us shape the policy to suit the needs of farmers in this region.  

 “Last year, the total amount paid out was £245 million to approximately 32,000 applicants and this underlines the importance of getting this right and protecting our farming industry.

 “We have therefore organised this public consultation so that farmers can hear directly from DARD officials about the proposed reforms so I would appeal for all farmers to attend and have their questions answered and have their views aired.”

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