Angry farmers say €13.7m EU aid is 'minuscule' amid slumping prices
Published 16/09/2015 | 02:30
Farming bodies have criticised Ireland's slice of the €500m EU aid package as "minuscule".
EU agriculture ministers met in Luxembourg to finalise details of the measures designed to help plummeting prices in the dairy and pigmeat sector.
Under the blueprint set out, Ireland will receive almost €13.7m in once-off direct aid to help ease financial woes.
Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said the department would now discuss with bodies in the industry the best way to use the funds to support Irish farmers.
But Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) president Eddie Downey said Ireland's share of the €420m targeted aid from the €500m support package was totally inadequate to deal with the income difficulties on Irish farms.
"The minister must come forward in the upcoming Budget with a package of measures from national level, that ensures full funding for the farm schemes and new taxation measures to address farm structural and income volatility issues," he said.
John Comer, president of another farming body, the ICMSA, said any additional payment would be welcome.
However, he described the level of funding for Irish farmers as "minuscule" compared with the losses suffered by dairy farmers, whose payment had slumped by a third compared with last year.