Battle lines drawn on the roll out of reformed CAP
Battle lines are being drawn as farm organisations square up for the next phase of negotiations on CAP reform.
While the broad parameters of what EU Member States must comply with over the next seven years were finalised in Brussels last week, there is huge flexibility built into how measures can be implemented in each country.
A payment of close to €146/ha has been agreed as a new minimum payment for every hectare of eligible land submitted to the EU farm payment system.
This will result in 60,000 farmers getting a 35pc increase in their Single Farm Payment (SFP) by 2019.
This extra payment will be funded by cuts of up to 28pc on all payments over the national average of €260/ha. The average cut will be 12pc for 50,000 farmers currently receiving above the national average.
It will result in €103m being transferred to farmers that are currently on less than the national average.
However, all farmers in receipt of more than €2,000 a year in their SFP will lose another 8pc in the first year of the new scheme due to a lower overall CAP budget, along with deductions for a crisis fund, a national reserve and a young farmer top-up.
But this cut could fall to 5-6pc each year after 2015 since the national reserve will not be required to be deducted each year up to 2019.