IFA calls on Smith to reject CAP proposals
The IFA has called on the Government to "totally oppose" the CAP reform proposals contained in the leaked communication from the EU Commission.
IFA president John Bryan claimed the Commission proposals would be devastating for the single farm payment for productive farms across all enterprises.
"The proposals would seriously undermine agricultural production in Ireland, with damaging consequences for the rural economy, agricultural output, food exports, jobs and farm incomes. They must be rejected by the Government," he said.
The IFA leader insisted that the options included in the Commission's leaked document would lead to a major shift in farm supports from the high-cost production systems in Ireland and Western Europe to the low-cost economies in Eastern Europe.
Mr Bryan described the proposal to move the Disadvantaged Area scheme from Pillar II to Pillar I of CAP as "totally unacceptable".
"It will undermine and dilute this vital support which sustains farming in difficult land areas," Mr Bryan said.
He called on Ireland's MEPs to come out strongly and reject the Commission's proposals, which will damage Irish agriculture and Irish farmers.
"The Irish MEPs must use their co-decision powers to reject any proposals which will reduce the level of CAP support to Ireland," he said.