Cutting farm payments to fund National Reserve ‘not acceptable’ says IFA
The National Reserve can be funded from unused funds allocated under the Young Farmer Scheme without the necessity to take any additional funds from existing entitlements, according to IFA Deputy President, Richard Kennedy.
Following a meeting of the CAP Advisory Committee in the Department of Agriculture today, he said IFA is very clear on the need for a National Reserve for young farmers in 2017.
Kennedy said the Department of Agriculture outlined to the committee that there is €5.1m in unused funds from the Young Farmer Scheme available and this can be used to establish a reserve for 2017.
He said IFA made it very clear to the Department at the advisory committee that imposing an additional linear cuts on existing entitlements is not acceptable to farmers.
Kennedy said there was full agreement at the committee on this important point.
The IFA Deputy President said Irish farmers have made a very positive contribution to young farmers in terms of funding and allocation of additional entitlements through the National Reserve.
Under the CAP Reform in 2015, young farmers were allocated a total of €52.5m from the National Reserve and Young Farmer Scheme.
Under the National Reserve in 2015, 6,260 farmers - of which 5,570 were young farmers - received an average payment of €9,000 in Basic Payment and Greening.