Phil Hogan, The EU Commissioner for Agriculture, is to publish a white paper today on the reform of CAP, as reported by rtenews.ie.
In the paper, titled “The Future of Food and Farming”, Hogan will outline plans on how to change CAP post-2020. This had led to many fearing a cut in farm support payments, should EU member states not increase contributions after Brexit.
Many fear CAP reform will affect not only support payments, but the rules and regulations that go with it, as well as environmental regulations. Any changes may have a detrimental affect on Irish farmers. Without farm payments it is thought that up to 59,000 farmers would be not making any profits and would represent a huge problem for the industry.
The White paper is thought to outline environmental considerations, sustainability plans, and climate change obligations. The paper is also expected to promote ‘smart farming’ and outline plans to encourage more farmers to take to new technologies. It will also outline a need to attract young people into the industry.
Earlier this year the Commissioner conducted a public consultation on CAP, with a huge 96$ believing that farmers value in the food chain should be strengthened. A further 81% agreed that the EU should support targeted investments in restructuring and innovation. 92% found that EU agricultural policies should be improving measures to tackle climate change and environmental issues.