Capping farm payments at €60k would save €80m says Fianna Fail
Fianna Fail’s Agriculture Spokesperson Charlie McConalogue has said his party’s proposal to cap farm payments at €60,000 does not discriminate against progressive farmers.
Speaking on RTE’s Countrywide programme he said one of the key aims of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is that there is a fair standard of living for those in rural communities.
McConalogue stressed that given the pressures on the overall CAP budget it important that it is seen to be fair and that it does support farmers.
“Not in the way that we see in the most recent allocation with beef processors that are getting hundreds of thousands and large stud farms which are getting hundreds and hundreds of thousands,” he said.
In his view and in Fianna Fail’s view it is important that that is done fairly and said lowering the cap on payments to €60,000 would increase the overall legitimacy of CAP budget.
According to McConalogue, 99pc of farmers are currently under the threshold and the move would only affect 1pc of farmers.
He also claimed that the saving would be €80m per year and said it should be spent on measures to encourage younger people to take up farming.
Farmers depend on cheques from Brussels to make up three-quarters of income.