The proposal of the EU Commission to reduce the CAP budget by five percent was described by ICMSA President, Pat McCormack, as unacceptable and he stated that the proposal will have a disproportionately damaging effect in rural Ireland through the multiplier effect as the payments go through farm families and out into the wider rural economy. Mr. McCormack said that farmers have suffered significant cuts in previous CAP reforms and were now, yet again, having to take a substantial hit – particularly those farmers depending on farming for their living who will be hit with an additional convergence cut. He said that the very idea of simplification as set out is highly questionable.
“The Irish Government must firstly tell the Commission that cuts to CAP are out of the question and Member States – including Ireland – must make up the Brexit deficit and, secondly, we must seek out Member States with a similar commitment to the integrity of CAP and make a common cause with them.”, urged the ICMSA President.
Ends 2 May 2018.
Pat McCormack, 087-7608958
Cathal MacCarthy, 087-6168758
ICMSA Press Office