Creed says cuts to other farm schemes needed to fund €200/cow suckler payment
The Government have been under pressure from farm organisations to provide a new €200/cow suckler payment which they is essential for the survival of the beef sector.
However, in the Dail this week the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed poured cold water on the idea stating that the annual cost of such a measure would exceed €200m.
He said the introduction of a specific coupled payment for suckler cows would involve a redistribution of funds allocated to farmers.
This he said would necessitate a linear cut across payment to all basic payment scheme beneficiaries.
“Even if a revised scheme were approved, any increase in the level of payment would inevitably result in additional actions being required to be carried out by farmers,” he said
Creed said the beef data and genomics programme is the current main support to the suckler sector and provides farmers with some €300 million of funding over the next six years.
“The provision of support for the suckler sector is critically important.
“The range of supports as currently configured represents a balance between direct income support for the sector and rural development measures designed to improve its competitiveness and sustainability.