ICSA president Patrick Kent
ICSA president Patrick Kent has said comments by Commissioner Oettinger regarding the European Commission (EU) proposal to cut of 6% in CAP funding, would be extremely worrying for all farmers, especially for those in the low income sectors where EU supports are vital.
“ICSA understands that the Commissioner has outlined this to the presidents’ committee of the European Parliament this week, in advance of the publication of the Multi-Annual Financial Framework Seven year budget proposals in early May,” he added.
“While this figure is considerably lower than some of the figures that were doing the rounds, it is still unacceptable.”
Mr Kent went on to say that it had also been suggested that the cut would be applied to Pillar 1 Payments.
“It has been suggested that this cut will be applied solely to Pillar 1 payments which are direct income supports for farmers,” the ICSA president continued.
“ICSA is calling on the Government to outline how it proposes to make up the difference. Options could include national co-funding of Pillar 1 or a higher co-funding of Pillar 2.”
You may like to read: Carthy slams CAP payments scandal
Subscribe or register today to discover more from DonegalLive.ie
Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.
Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.