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Sinn Féin Opposes Cuts in Single Farm Payment

20 November, 2008 - by Martin Ferris TD

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Agriculture, Martin Ferris TD has reiterated Sinn Féin's opposition to increasing the amount of modulation on farmer's payments. In effect the increase in modulation amounts to a cut in the Single Farm Payment and will place further pressure on farm incomes. The Sinn Féin MEPs voted against the increase in the European Parliament.

Deputy Ferris said:

"We have opposed the increase in modulation and called for more farmers on lower levels of payment to be exempted totally from the measure. We also proposed that the massive payments to non farmers, one of which is over €500,000*, be eliminated.

"The report I have completed for the Oireachtas Joint Agriculture Committee, 'What needs to be done to ensure the survival of fishing and farming in the West', proves that not only is there a massive disparity in the level of payments but that the majority of farmers on low Single Farm Payment are finding it increasingly difficult to survive, and are increasingly pessimistic about the future. The latest measures will do nothing to redress that." ENDS

* Note to Editors/Journalists: Following a parliamentary question posed to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food by Martin Ferris TD the attached reply was forwarded to the Deputy's office. You will note that in respect of the 2007 Single Farm Payment Scheme the highest payment made was €506,203.37. The Minister refused to name the recipient of this payment in a subsequent PQ.

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