Single farm payments of €178 per hectare
SMALL family farms in Kerry receive the fourth lowest Single Farm Payments, according to recently published figures.
Kerry farmers receive on average €178 per hectare in Single Farm Payments while farmers in some eastern counties receive average payments as high as €350 per hectare.
Farmers in Kilkenny are in receipt of €350.99 per hectare, with farmers in Carlow (€348.63), Laois (€347.25), Wexford (€343.18), and Meath (€326.70), receiving the next highest payments.
Farmers in Cork, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney's own constituency, are paid on average €313.82 per hectare.
Kerry farmers, 70 per cent of whom have incomes of less than €10,000, are paid on average €7,713 in Single Farm Payments.
Kerry South TD, Deputy Tom Fleming, has called on Minister Coveney to support small family farms and address the disparity in payments between Kerry, the West of Ireland, and the eastern seaboard.
Deputy Fleming demanded that Minister Coveney treat all farmers equally and said that the he should accept the proposal by Commissioner Dacian Ciolos that CAP funding be redistributed from farmers with the highest entitlements to those with the lowest, thus guaranteeing all farmers average payments of around €270 per hectare.