Farmers seek retention of full Single Farm Payment

Farmers seek retention of full Single Farm Payment

Irish farmers are in Brussels today to demand that there is no reduction in the Single Farm Payment.

The IFA is concerned that the payment could be cut if the Argiculture budget is reduced, or re-distributed across the EU.

The Single Farm Payment is worth €1.3bn per year to the Irish economy.

IFA president John Bryan said the payment is vital to securing the future of Irish agriculture.

"In return for that Single Farm Payment European consumers get a safe and secure supply of food that meets that highest safety standards in the world," Mr Bryan said.

"Across most countries - like France, Germany, Britain and Ireland - we are selling most of the products below the cost of production.

"What the Single Farm Payment has done is it's a direct transfer to the consumer. It costs the individual taxpayer in the European Union less than €100 per year."

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