ANY reduction in the Single Farm Payment to Kerry farmers will hit the entire economy of the county, new chairman of ICMSA Kerry Noel Murphy has warned at a farmers' conference in Tralee.
Farmers' understanding of the workings of the EU in relation the allocation of the CAP budget and the SFP was enhanced greatly by the conference at which MEP Máiréad McGuinness outlined the EU-level debate surrounding the issue.
Ms McGuinness warned of greater cuts to direct payments to farmers than had previously been anticipated in future budget cuts. She warned farmers in Kerry to prepare themselves for a 'significant' cut to the SFP through 2014 to 2020.
With the average payment in Kerry under €200/ha in comparison to the national average of €270/ha, any reduction will hit this county disproportionately hard, Mr Murphy warned following his election this week to the chair of the Kerry branch of the ICMSA.
The news is not good, coming hot on the