Farmers cannot suffer a loss of up to €5,000/year - Loftus on CAP


"It could be 2022 before proposals for the new CAP are in place"

Farmers cannot suffer a loss of up to €5,000/year - Loftus on CAP

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"It could be 2022 before proposals for the new CAP are in place"

A recently established farm and rural organisation believes that the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, must introduce a scheme for the intervening period until a new CAP is in place.

"Farmers cannot suffer a financial loss of up to €5,000 per year because of this delay and through no fault of their own." Gerry Loftus outlined.

"These new proposals will also address a damning report published this week on water quality.”

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Loftus was speaking after he led a delegation from the organisation to Brussels recently for discussions on the next Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

“The first thing to note is that 70% of the new parliament is made up of new MEPs. Many of these MEPs differ significantly on proposals previously proposed on the new CAP."

"This means it will now take longer to get agreement and it could be 2022 before proposals for the new CAP are in place," Loftus added.

"Very demanding targets"

Loftus stressed that there certainly will be "very demanding targets" set on climate and environment. "A 55% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 is strongly touted with full carbon neutrality by 2050."

This, he added, will dramatically change Irish agriculture forever should it transpire to be the case.

"A reduction of that scale will mean a reduction in slurry and fertiliser, as well as pesticides. The devil will be in the detail when we see it."

"At the moment, many Irish farmers are finished in AEOS, leaving them in limbo with many more soon to finish in GLAS; this situation is unacceptable," Loftus concluded.

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