Levelling of Basic Payment rates needed – Kenny
Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson on Agriculture Food and Marine Martin Kenny is calling for a levelling of the basic payment rates in the next CAP.
Speaking following the Joint Oireachtas Committee meeting on Agriculture today, Deputy Kenny said;
“Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has indicated that, under CAP 2020, member states will be given more autonomy on delivering the CAP budget. He also indicated that the Basic Payment Scheme and Greening scheme will be merged and include some environmental measures.
“We in Sinn Féin are calling for levelling of the payments rates for the BPS and for a payment rate to be given per hectare. This would also include front loading on set number of hectares and a lesser rate on remaining hectares.
“The current system is of relying on reference years is very unfair to farmers with entitlements being traded as if they were a commodity. Farmers should be paid on the farming practices they are doing now, not based on what they were doing twenty years ago.
“By introducing a hectare based payment, it will see an end to the system of entitlements and bring more equality of payments for farmers especially those on smaller holdings and marginal land who traditionally had low value entitlements. This proposal would help sustain the family farm.”