Open farm­ing meet­ing to dis­cuss CAP

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

WICK­LOW farm­ers are in­vited to at­tend an open meet­ing on the CAP cam­paign which takes place in New Ross this month.

The event is part of a se­ries of meet­ings tak­ing part in the New Year to dis­cuss CAP and ANCs. The out­come of these mat­ters will im­pact on di­rect pay­ments, far schemes and in­come. The meet­ings are be­ing or­gan­ised by the IFA.

The Wex­ford event takes place in Bran­don House Ho­tel, New Ross on Jan­uary 15 at 8 p.m..

IFA Pres­i­dent Joe Healy is urg­ing peo­ple to at­tend.

‘The medium-term out­look for agri­cul­ture is very un­cer­tain, not least as a re­sult of pol­icy and trade is­sues stem­ming from Brexit. 2019 is a crit­i­cal year, given the de­ci­sions that will be made on CAP post-2020. The out­come of the CAP process will de­cide the Bud­get for Ire­land and the level of sup­port for Ir­ish farm­ers for the next seven years. Di­rect pay­ments are crit­i­cal for farm­ers’ in­comes and we ex­pect the Govern­ment to fight for an in­crease in the CAP Bud­get,’ sad Mr Healy.

Mat­ters to be dis­cussed in­clude the state of play with the CAP ne­go­ti­a­tions, the IFA’s cam­paign to pro­tect farm­ers’ di­rect pay­ments, the key dates in 2019 that mem­bers need to be aware of and what the re­cent ANC re­view means for farm­ers and how they can ap­peal the out­come if they were ex­cluded.

Fur­ther dates and lo­ca­tions for meet­ings due to take place in Fe­bru­ary have yet to be con­firmed.

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