Farm Ireland

Thursday 19 April 2018

Bryan vows to prioritise upcoming CAP talks

Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

Incoming IFA president John Bryan has vowed to put CAP negotiations at the top of his agenda when he takes over the reins at the annual general meeting later today.

Mr Bryan said CAP had been of vital importance to both producers and consumers, and for an investment of around €100 for each citizen, European consumers enjoyed a plentiful supply of high quality, safe food at affordable prices.

He said that in the upcoming negotiations in Brussels the Irish Government had to strongly defend its record and insist on the maintenance of a fully funded, index-linked CAP budget for Ireland.

"I strongly reject recent suggestions from Agriculture Minister Brendan Smith that Ireland might move away from the historical basis of the Single Payment," he said.


"Farmers will not tolerate any reduction in their single payment and the IFA will use all our resources in Ireland, and in Brussels, to protect the single payment in its present form."

He said farmers must continue to be rewarded for their multi-functional role of providing important non-market services, including environmental protection, landscape management and animal welfare.

Mr Bryan said that food security was just as important today as it was when the Common Agricultural Policy was first established.

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He claimed it had helped to bring down the average weekly spend of household income on food from 30pc in 1980 to 13pc today.

He said: "In the CAP negotiations I will also be stressing that food production, based on permanent pasture as operates in Ireland, is both environmentally sustainable and positive for climate change. This must be recognised in the CAP post-2013."

The Kilkenny drystock farmer formally takes over as the 13th president of the farmer association from outgoing president Padraig Walshe.

Majella O'Sullivan

Irish Independent