Landowners face no entitlements as CAP details arise
Thousands of landowners may end up with no entitlements for their land as the implications of the fine detail of the CAP reforms begin to emerge.
Farming leaders, anxious to avoid internal wrangling over who gets most out of the redistribution of the Single Farm Payment (SFP), have called on the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, to provide immediate clarity on a raft of anomalies that are coming to light.
It now appears that up to 1,000 farmers who have sold all their entitlements since 2005 will not qualify for any payment.
Landowners with land and entitlements on long-term leases may also forfeit their entitlements to the current lessee unless there is a legally binding obligation to return the entitlements written into the lease.
There are additional concerns over discrepancies between the number of entitlements applied for this year and the land area being farmed.
Meanwhile, there are 7,000 farmers with no SFP entitlements and an estimated 80,000 entitlements for which the owners have no land base on which to claim the payments.
The Department of Agriculture is expected to release a discussion document outlining a range of options within the next two weeks that is to deal with various areas of concern.