Minister says farmers using EU payments to subsidise farming practices is ‘unsustainable’ in the long term
Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten has said the farmers subsiding there business with EU payments is not sustainable.
Speaking in the Dail, the Minister pointed to an article in the Farming Independent which said Brexit will force farmers to look at competition issues and how efficient beef production is in this country compared to other European and international players.
“Colleagues in the House from rural Ireland will know that the vast majority of suckler farmers are using the payments they get from Brussels to subsidise farming practices.
"That is unsustainable in the long term.
“There are ways whereby we can make agriculture more efficient from a carbon perspective, as well as ways to ensure that farmers get a far greater return for the product they are producing.
“In fairness, the beef data and genomics programme is an innovative step to start that process. It is a difficult process.
“We are trying to shoehorn into the beef sector technology advances that have taken 25 years to develop in the dairy sector. It is a step in the right direction.