Young farmers entering farming are to benefit from the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) deal agreed this week.
That’s according to Galway West TD Sean Kyne, who has commended Minister Simon Coveney and his officials on the outcome of the CAP negotiations.
“This CAP deal is good for Ireland’s future agricultural production and will allow us to meet our targets under Harvest 2020. This deal is good for young farmers entering farming as it gives them a financial boost for their businesses. It puts real environmental measures in place which is good for our clean green image as a county,” said Deputy Kyne.
“Low income farmers will get a boost with an introduction of a minimum payment, allowing them to be more competitive. This will particularly benefit farmers in the West and will see a transfer of monies from the South and East to the West.”
Deputy Kyne said that the original proposals by EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Dacian Ciolos had the potential to greatly impact on agricultural production with a knock-on effect on jobs and exports.
“The Minister has introduced a fairer system. There are many positives with this deal including the option of using 2013 as a reference year which limits the impact on the future rental markets for land,” said Deputy Kyne.
He added that while details still have to be worked out internally within Ireland he is delighted with a positive CAP outcome which provides certainty up to 2019.