West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

CAP Reform discussed at packed public meeting in Cranagh

Published: 29 November, 2013

Sinn Féin MLA Declan Mc Aleer has said that a public meeting on CAP reform held in Cranagh, attended by over 350 people, was a great success. Mr. Mc Aleer stated, "The meeting, which was facilitated by DARD's Chief Agricultural Economist, Norman Fulton and addressed by Martina Anderson MEP, was filled to capacity. In fact, an adjacent farm building had to be used to facilitate farmers who could not get into the packed hall. "It was an opportunity to discuss the future of Single Farm Payments as part of the ongoing consultation on CAP reform. "The meeting, which was also attended by Sinn Féin MLA's Ian Milne and Cathal Ó hOisín, heard views on many subjects including the Single Farm Payment, dual claims, rates of payments, greening measures, Coupled Support, LFACA, Areas of Natural Constraint, Capping, the Small Farmers Scheme and modulation. "I believe that the attendance at this meeting reflected concerns within the farming community at the proposed changes to the SFP and the other issues raised. "Last year the extreme weather conditions and lower prices at the market caused farmers severe financial stress so it is important that the department listens carefully to the views of local farmers in order to tailor a reform package that best meets the needs of industry. "The farming industry and rural economy is important to the entire economy of the North so these meetings are crucial in giving voice to the farming community. Sinn Féin strongly believes it is important to bring such meetings into the heart of our rural community. "I call on everyone in the farming community to take part in this important consultation by contacting Dundonald House by telephone, by post or by email policy.development@dardni.gov.uk before the consultation closes on 17th January".