Farm Ireland

Wednesday 25 April 2018

Annual coupling for the sectors suffering most

Darragh McCullough

Darragh McCullough

Another idea that has been floated by Deputy Ó Cuív is the concept of targeting coupled payments at whatever sector is experiencing the most severe difficulties in a given year.

Rather than locking in a payment for a particular enterprise (for example suckling for the next six years), the Fianna Fáil spokesman on agriculture believes that the money should be directed at whatever sector is struggling.

"The biggest challenge facing Irish agriculture is the price volatility that results from factors totally outside the control of Irish farmers," said Deputy Ó Cuív.


"It could be weather in the US or the dismantling of quotas in the EU.

"It doesn't matter what it is.

"The result is increased instability and uncertainty. If we are serious about promoting investment in Irish agriculture, then we should be promoting policies that increase certainty."

However, Deputy Ó Cuív admitted that he is not clear about the legality of implementing such a flexible coupled arrangement.

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