ICMSA says CAP proposals “fall short”

ICMSA has indicated this week that current CAP proposals will result in a “further decline” in payments to family farms

ICMSA has indicated this week that current CAP proposals will result in a “further decline” in payments to family farms

John Comer, ICMSA President said that, while the document was “an improvement” on the Commission proposals, it still fell substantially short of Irish requirements.

“The percentage reductions in relation to convergence are very significant, and will see payments fall considerably, even for farmers with low overall payments,” the president fumed. “The Minister should look again at the position of farmers with low overall payments - but with high payments per hectare - and seek to minimise the impact on this group.” Mr Cromer went on to say that while family farms were at the bedrock of the Irish Agri-food sector – they were largely dependent on farming for income.

“Proposals that will undermine payments to these farmers are simply not acceptable,” he continued. “Under the current proposals, these farmers will see their payments decline dramatically and will be further undermined by the‘cheque book farming’ that may arise under the current proposals. Family farms must be protected and the current proposals are deficient in this regard.”