Kenny urges government to match EU aid package funding
Sinn Féin Agriculture spokesman Martin Kenny TD today welcomed the new EU aid package for farmers, particularly in the dairy sector, and urged the government to match the funding in order to ensure maximum effectiveness of the measure.
Deputy Kenny said:
“There is only €11.1m allocated to Irish farmers, with a further €150 million across the EU to incentivise a reduction in production.
“What farmers need most of all now is a decent price for their milk and if this can be helped with this money, then it is to be welcomed. However, what farmers need long-term is an adequate price for their produce to have a stable future.
“This is a voluntary scheme with farmers having the option to reduce production. However, it shows that the abolition of quotas did not go to plan and this is firefighting after the fact.
“The package includes provision for early pay out of basic payments from 16 October and this too is welcome for farmers in cash-flow crisis, but what is essential is that the €11.1m is matched by government so that it can have some real effect in helping farmers in an extremely difficult period.”