IFA seeks major changes to CAP reform proposals
Published 23/01/2013 | 06:00
The IFA has presented a number of major changes to its CAP reform proposals to the Department of Agriculture.
The farm organisation now wants Single Farm Payments (SFP) to be significantly altered for farmers whose productivity levels have changed substantially since the last reference period 12 years ago.
The proposal looks for steeper cuts to SFPs for farmers who have reduced output during the intervening period.
At the same time, it supports a marked increase in the SFP entitlement for farmers who can show that their output has increased significantly since 2001.
The IFA believes that measurements such as labour units and stocking rates should be used as objective criteria to distinguish between active and inactive farmers.
"This means that a farmer with a high payment, who is no longer active, would see a greater reduction in their payment than one who has continued high levels of production over the past decade," said IFA president, John Bryan.
"A farmer with a low payment, who has built up their activity since the last CAP reform, would see a higher and quicker increase in their payment than those who have continued at the same low level of activity.
"In this way, we can limit losses to active farmers and limit gains to those who are not producing," added Mr Bryan, who was speaking at the organisation's AGM in Dublin last week.