Fianna Fail wants to slash the maximum EU payment farmers can receive
Calls are being made for the Basic Payment Scheme under CAP to have a maximum ceiling of €60,000.
Fianna Fail agriculture spokesman Charlie McConalogue has outlined it is party policy to seek the limits in light of the latest figures released by the Department of Agriculture under EU rules that show a number of individuals receive high six figure CAP payments.
"Considering that the vast majority of farmers are earning a fraction of this, the current structure needs urgent change. Future reforms should permit Member States to decide on the capping of direct payments at national level.
"It is our view that the current payment ceiling should be reduced from €150,000 under the Basic Payment Scheme to €60,000. Based on 2016 data, over 99pc of all Irish farmers received a basic payment of under €60,000," said Mr McConalogue.
"Such a change will ensure that future CAP funds safeguard farmers on small hectares with entitlements following the 10pc cut in direct payments negotiated under the 2014-2020 CAP deal," he said.
Big businesses, meat processors, stud farms owned by Sheikhs and co-ops take the biggest slice of the EU payments.
The latest figures show the average direct payment to farmers was €18,000, however, many major enterprises are earning multiples of this according to the latest figures for 2016 published under EU rules.