'Time to end CAP inequity' says Ó Cuiv
Fianna Fáil has called for greater fairness in the manner in which EU direct payments are distributed.
The party's agriculture spokesman Éamon Ó Cuiv said the fact that 132 recipients received more than €100,000 in EU entitlements last year, or over €46m in total, illustrated the need for an early levelling of payments.
Figures released to Deputy Ó Cuiv show that the vast majority of recipients, 84,153, receive less than €10,000 per annum based on the payments made in 2014.
However, the Fianna Fáil spokesman said there was a "disproportionate amount of money" going to a very small number of people.
"It will be interesting to see over the coming weeks how much the redistribution under the CAP 2014-2019 redress this inequity and whether the new CAP regime will do much to lift those at the bottom and to ensure all farmers have an adequate income," he said.
It is expected that the Department will write to farmers this week outlining entitlements under the Basic Payment Scheme (which replaces the Single Farm Payment) and greening.
Individual payments are based on the value of each applicant's entitlements on May 15, 2014 and the number of hectares submitted for the Single Farm Payment in 2013. Any payments received under the Grassland Sheep Scheme last year will also be included.