Minister for Agriculture must progress Farmer’s Rights Charter – Matt Carthy MEP
Speaking from Strasbourg, following a meeting this week of the four Sinn Féin MEP's with IFA President Eddie Downey, General Secretary Pat Smith and IFA EU Director, Liam McHale, Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Matt Carthy has called on the Minister for Agriculture to finalise the Charter of Rights for farmers without further delay.
“The Sinn Féin MEP's were pleased to meet the IFA leadership in Strasbourg this week. We discussed many pertinent issues including trade negotiations, climate change and CAP reform.
"We also discussed and agreed on the need for a Farmers Rights Charter to be delivered by the Irish government without delay. The Minister has made a clear commitment to farmers last year that a comprehensive Farmer’s Charter would be implemented to coincide with the new CAP yet farmers are still waiting for this Charter to be finalised.
“Farmers have become increasingly frustrated with the lack of progress on the charter, which was supposed to give clarity and protection to farmers around several key issues such as inspections and tolerances for unintentional non compliance.
“It is increasingly important, as deadlines approach for the Single Farm Payments, that farmers are given clarity on these issues in a timely fashion in order to maximise their payments.
“The Minister’s track record in addressing the concerns of farmers leaves a lot to be desired and farmers are increasingly anxious that the Department will continue to drag its feet on the implementation of a new charter of Rights.
I am calling on the Minister to develop and implement the charter without any further delay."