KERRY ICMSA members are voicing their opposition to plans reform CAP through the organisation's new Kerry chairman Noel Murphy elected this week.
The Milltown native said that ICMSA members in the county will fight any plans to introduce immediate and hard-hitting cuts to the massive CAP budget in a bid to retain single-farm payments at current levels.
Mr Murphy comes to the position in one of the worst years for the sector in living memory; due to the effects of the rain-soaked summer.
He succeeds Annascaul man Patrick Rohan to the position and comes already steeped in the tradition of the organisation. He said the Kerry branch enjoys disproportionate representation within the national organisation due to the work of his predecessors.
"I'll do my very best to live up to their reputations and success and one thing is for absolute sure: I'll give everything I have in defence of the right of farmers to earn an income commensurate with the effort and skill exerted," Mr Murphy vowed.