Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West Éamon Ó Cuív has said that the issue of the disparity in payments received by farmers, under the present Common Agriculture Policy, has once again come to light.

Deputy Ó Cuív commented, “The Minister informed me that the top 870 applicants for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and Greening Payment get between them an overall payment of €73m.

“The average payment for these farmers is €83,000. In the case of these farmers, many of them are farming the most productive land in the country and it would appear that the steps taken by the Government to ensure equity under this scheme has not been successful.

 “No farmer should receive more that €60,000 in combined BPS and Greening Payment, which replaced the Single Farm payment. This is a policy my Party Agriculture spokesperson Charlie McConalogue and I have championed in the Dáil. This is something that should be implemented in the first year of the new Common Agricultural Policy and I look forward to working with my colleagues to push for this policy change,” concluded Deputy Ó Cuív.