Meat factories call for coupled supports
Meat Industry Ireland have called for coupled supports to be reintroduced in the next CAP for suckler cows and sheep.
In its submission to the Department of Agriculture on the CAP post 2020 - seen by the Farming Independent - MII said that despite the trend of recent CAP reforms, the last number of years has clearly shown the need for coupled support for certain sectors and farm enterprises.
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In particular, it said the suckler cow herd and the sheep sector have been identified as vulnerable sectors.
"These sectors which are so important in many regions of the EU and which offer the only realistic farm enterprise pursuit due to land type and structures warrant coupled support," said the MII submission.
"Experience has shown that the recognition of specific margin challenges in these sectors for both suckler beef and sheep enterprises. Therefore, the CAP post-2020 must provide for coupled direct support for the beef suckler herd and the sheep flock."
Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed told a recent meeting of EU farm ministers that while coupled payments may have a role to play in some vulnerable sectors, he is not sure it would be wise to divert significant sums of Pillar 1 monies into coupled support payments.
"In such vulnerable sectors, efforts should focus on efficiency, market focus and ensuring the market returns a satisfactory price for the end product.
"Improving the position of the farmer in the food supply chain would help in this endeavour," he said.