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IFA blasts Ciolos plans

ifa president John Bryan has accused the EU Farm Commissioner, Dacian Ciolos, of failing to address Irish farmers' concerns regarding his CAP reform proposals.

"They are still totally unacceptable to Ireland and will decimate the incomes of tens of thousands of the most productive farmers, and slash rural development funding," said IFA president John Bryan.

ICSA president Gabrial Gilmartin said the visit was very appropriate, but urged the Commissioner to be more flexible in his approach to the negotiations and accept that a flat rate won't work in Ireland.

And ICMSA president John Comer said there was a shift in the Commissioner's views of the EU dairy sector.

"The Commissioner pointedly criticised the 'free-for-all' and lack of market oversight and he seemed to be indicating that he was open to arguments in favour of market management and regulatory oversight that coincides with long-held ICMSA opinions," he said.

top-up

Meanwhile, Macra na Feirme claimed that Mr Ciolos had given his full support for the young farmer measures, including a mandatory young farmer top-up in Pillar I of CAP.

Macra president Alan Jagoe added that it was important that member states were allowed to introduce additional criteria to ensure the 2pc of the national envelope for the young farmers top-up was fully utilised.

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