IFA President John Bryan has said reports from Brussels suggesting cuts to the overall EU Budget were very worrying for the CAP Budget post-2013.
He called on the Taoiseach and the Irish Government to redouble their efforts ahead of the Heads of Government summit meeting, to ensure CAP funding levels are maintained.
“Taoiseach Enda Kenny must resist strongly any attempt to reduce EU funding for Ireland for the 2014 to 2020 period, which is up for decision in these negotiations.
“Ireland receives €1.6bn per year in EU CAP funding, which is a vital support for the economy. This must remain in place to support the Single Farm Payment and Rural Development measures, which are crucial to underpinning our farming and food production and our expansion plans under Food Harvest 2020.”
John Bryan said the CAP Budget cuts being proposed by President von Rumpuy’s would have grave implications for Ireland’s envelope of funding.
“Farm production in this country will be adversely affected if there are any cuts to the overall CAP Budget. Our Taoiseach must be steadfast in his approach and insist that there is no deviation from the funding levels proposed by the EU Commission.”