Direct Payments not in spirit of CAP


This was the message from Martin Kenny TD, commenting on the recent publication of direct payments.

Direct Payments not in spirit of CAP

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This was the message from Martin Kenny TD, commenting on the recent publication of direct payments.

This was the message from Martin Kenny TD, commenting on the recent publication of direct payments.

The published figures showed a high number of farmers receiving extraordinary high payments of over €150,000. Larry Goodman being a prime example, receiving over €400,000 for his two farms.

The list of payments showed that there were at least ten recipients of fees over the €200,000 mark.

Kenny, the Sinn Féin spokesperson for agriculture food and the marine, questioned the Minister on how these figures were compatible with the cap of €150,000 on payments.

Kenny says these high figures are shocking considering the average farm earns about €24,000 per year.

He says this is not in the spirit of the direct payment scheme and says the Minister had assured him that nobody received higher than the €150,000 cap.

Kenny then called for a future reform of these CAP payments after 2020 and said this should include a definite cap on payments and also a redirection of resources to the smaller farmers, those in the most difficulty and under the most financial pressure.

He concluded by calling on the government to fight the corner of the smaller farmers, and ensure the survival of the smaller family farms.

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