Bryan needs to explain Pillar II statements
The Farming Independent has come in for some flak of late from a section of readers for what one caller termed our "unfair criticism" of the IFA and its leader, John Bryan.
These disgruntled callers claimed that the coverage of IFA dissent in the west over the proposed level of Government co-funding for CAP Pillar II had been biased, unbalanced and unfair.
Callers' main complaints were:
1.That no Government decision had been taken regarding the level of co-funding for Pillar II so it's too early to call it yet;
2.That the IFA has been the focus for criticism regarding the level of co-funding when responsibility for this decision rests with the Government and, more particularly, the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney;
3.And that the IFA was bearing the brunt of the criticism while the other farm organisations get off scot-free.
All of these points are fair and deserve answers; so let's deal with them.
It's correct to say that a decision has not been made on the level of CAP co-funding but all of Minister Coveney's statements of late point to a major reduction in the Government co-funding for Pillar II.