Deering Encourages Farmers to Attend C.A.P. Meeting with Minister Coveney.

14th October, 2012

14.10.12.

Deering Encourages Farmers to Attend C.A.P. Meeting with Minister Coveney.

Carlow Fine Gael T.D., Pat Deering is encouraging all farmers to attend a CAP reform information meeting in Kilkenny. The meeting will take place this Tuesday (16th) in Lyrath Hotel, Kilkenny at 7.30 PM. Minister Simon Coveney will be the main speaker on the evening, IFA President John Bryan and Peter Young of the Irish Farmers Journal will also address the meeting, The Journal’s Matt Dempsey will chair the meeting,

“CAP is crucial going forward and I’m confident that our Minister is the best man we could have to negotiate Ireland’s case in Europe. Payments to farmers whether they be Single Farm Payment, REPS, AEOS or Disadvantaged Area Scheme, are key to the survival of family farms” Deputy Deering said, speaking in the Dail last week.  “In CAP negotiations Ireland’s priority will be to get the best possible outcome for Irish Farmers and for Ireland as a whole. We will be focusing on four key areas, delivering a well resourced CAP., retaining Ireland share of CAP funds, currently €1.6bn annually, maximising payment model flexibility and simplifying the administration.”

Speaking on the last week’s Private Members Motion Mr. Deering said “Agriculture is more important now than ever and will be central to our economic recovery. This has been recognised by Minister Coveney and this Government since coming to power nineteen months ago. Never before was Agriculture mentioned as many times as in last December’s budget, putting it right at the top of the Government’s agenda. Next Tuesday the 16th October farmers will receive an advance of 50% of this year’s single farm payment, welcome news after such a bad summer”

“Tuesday night’s meeting is a great opportunity to hear what the Minister has to say and to ask questions and I’m encouraging all in Carlow Kilkenny and across the Southeast to come along and be informed.”