This week will see the start of talks between Macra na Feirme in coalition with the Farmers’ Journal with young farmers around the country on their thoughts of the common agricultural policy reform post 2020.
Young farmers on the European stage have been asking if older farmers should receive payments as well as a state pension. The European thought on the matter is that old Irish farmers should have to choose one or the other. By recognising this, it will be another incentive for young farmers to begin farmers.
Macra na Feirme are strongly encouraging young people to go into farming and are mindful that the post 2020 CAP reform should also have financial provision for the “young at heart” farmer.
President of Macra Sean Finan commented that the CAP reform post 2020 must be sustainable for all active productive farmers, regardless of age. There have been a number of regional meetings organised to have your say on shaping our future CAP. Meetings begin at 7.30, each at the following locations:
- 18th January Ardboyne Hotel, Navan
- 23rd January Hibernian Hotel, Mallow
- 31st January Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe, Galway
- 1st February Radisson Hotel, Sligo
- 2nd February Springhill Hotel, Kilkenny
I pose this question to you:
Is it sustainable that a farmer who reaches retirement age is financially better off through receipt of both a direct payment and a pension once they reach eligibility?
Have your say and take our poll!