Fianna Fáil will host a national policy conference on the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) next month where an extensive debate will take place regarding Ireland’s approach to CAP reform and the current EU negotiations on the policy.
The conference, which will take place at the Red Cow Hotel in Dublin on Saturday 9th March, will hear contributions from Professor Alan Matthews as well as the Presidents of the Irish Farmers Association (IFA), Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association (ICSA) and Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA). Fianna Fáil Agriculture Spokesperson, Éamon Ó Cuív TD, will also address the conference.
Deputy Ó Cuív commented: “The national conference in March will be an open and honest discussion on CAP and the future of Irish farming. Over the past number of months I have attended over 20 meetings across the country where I have heard contributions from hundreds of people regarding the future role CAP should play in Irish farming.
“Over 4,000 people attended these meetings and we have heard many views on the options Ireland has as the crucial CAP negotiations enter a critical phase.
“I will outline what I have heard in the meetings as well as giving those present an update on where the CAP negotiations stand and what impact it will have on Ireland. This will be a detailed and open debate with members and I invite contributions from anyone who will be affected by the new CAP.
“The next few months will define the role of the CAP in Ireland over the next decade and it is vitally important all farmers make their views known so that they have an influence over Fianna Fáil’s policy on the reforms.”