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SFP set for divisive debate

As crunch negotiations loom on CAP reform, more views are beginning to emerge on how Ireland's €1.28bn Single Farm Payment should be divided.

The EU Commission wants to redistribute €297m of Ireland's farm subsidies so that every farmer receives the same amount per hectare.

However, the IFA, the ICMSA, the ICSA and the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, have all argued that Ireland should reject this proposal.

Instead, they want to minimise the amount of money that is transferred between high and low payment farmers.

OPPOSITION

Their proposal would see just 6pc or €79m transferred nationally, but more and more farmers are beginning to voice their opposition to this stance.

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