The Irish Natura and Hill Farmers Association (INHFA), have announced that they will hold a rally against the proposed changes to the next round of CAP and ANC payments.
The rally has been organised for Friday January 25th, due to take place at the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. The Irish Natura and Hill Farmers Association are holding a rally in the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny on Friday, 25th of January starting at 8 pm.
CAP Concerns -
This rally will highlight the proposed changes in the next round of CAP payments which will have a huge impact on farmers in the next 6 years.
INHFA National President Colm O’Donnell outlined some of the many concerns the INHFA have over the new conditions farmers will have to adhere to get Basic Payments.
These conditions he stated “if implemented will have major implications for many farmers in the west that are farming on wetlands or peat lands, often referred to as carbon rich soils.”
“How these CAP proposals could easily lead to a situation where intensive farmers on dryer soils would be allowed drive on and increase production while farmers on the hills and lowland farmers on wetter soils would be expected to protect the environment and take on the full burden of climate change through carbon sequestration measures.” O’Donnell added.
He said this would have to be done by farmers “for the same or possibly less money than they are receiving now through all their CAP payments with the added risk of losing these payments if they don’t meet the conditions set out.”
ANC issues -
On the Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC), which has undergone a full review, National President O’Donnell stressed the importance of ensuring how the payment bands needs to reflect the constraint.
He said this has been the consistent view of the INHFA and concluded by encouraging farmers to show their support at the upcoming rally and help send a message to Minister Creed and Brussels on the need for better supports and fairer conditions for farmers on environmentally sensitive land wit the highest level of land constraint.