The IFA is holding a number of open farmer meetings around the country to update farmers on the state of play with the CAP negotiations.
The first of these meetings for Cork will take place this Thursday, January 17 in The Castle Hotel, Macroom and the following week in Cork Marts’ Corrin Event Centre, Fermoy on Wednesday, January 23, both starting at 8pm.
IFA president Joe Healy and senior officers will be in attendance at these meetings, the purpose of which is to update farmers on the IFA’s campaign to protect farmers’ direct payments and to appraise farmers of the key dates in 2019 that they need to be aware of.
“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,” Mr Healy said, adding that 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.”
In addition, farmers will also be updated on what the recent ANC review means for them and how they can appeal the outcome if they were excluded.
The meetings are open to all.