Fianna Fáil Agriculture Spokesperson Charlie McConalogue has said that farmers will be very disappointed with the news that the Government has refused to lower the CAP payment ceiling during its term in office.

Deputy McConalogue commented, “In the Programme for Government (PfG), a commitment was made that at the “EU mid-term review of the CAP, we will propose a lowering of the cap on Basic Payments, from €150,000 to €100,000”

“The mid-term point of the current CAP is 2017. However, Minister Creed in a PQ reply has washed his hands of this PfG commitment.  It appears as if he’s trying to push it further down the road, stating that the lowering of the CAP ceiling to €100,000 will be examined “in the context of the future reform of the CAP”.

“The next CAP will not start until 2021 by which time the current term of this government will have ended.  This is yet another promise by a Fine Gael led Government to hard pressed farmers.

“This Government should be campaigning with like-minded member states to have this issue addressed immediately and get it on the radar well in advance of the next CAP negotiations.

“Fianna Fáil firmly supports reducing the CAP payment ceiling of €150,000 to €100,000. By doing this, future CAP funds to farmers on small hectares with entitlements following the 10% cut in direct payments negotiated under the 2014-2020 CAP will be safeguarded”.