Farmers to protest CAP reform

Farmers to protest CAP reform
Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney

Farmers will today mount a protest outside Dublin Castle against proposed reforms to the Common Agricultural Policy.

The Irish Farmers’ Association says the introduction of a minimum payment per hectare will take money from the most productive farmers - and reward those who produce less.

The IFA says the EU Agriculture Commissioner's proposal for a mandantory minimum payment was not part of an agreement reached at meeting of European Agriculture ministers last March.

National livestock chairman of the IFA Henry Byrne says Minister Simon Coveney must move to protect Irish farmers.

"We're protesting to remind Minister Coveney that he has to act to protect the active producer in Ireland," Mr Byrne said.

"Moves to move single payment away from production agriculture towards a more social welfare-based agriculture is wrong.

"It'll be wrong for jobs and exports."

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