Wicklow farmers should make their voice heard
Minster of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture and Wicklow TD, Andrew Doyle, has said that Fine Gael will continue to support a strong CAP in light of the European Commission’s new consultation process on the future of the CAP post-2020, which was announced this week by EU Agriculture Commissioner, Phil Hogan.
“The European Commission has launched a new consultation process on the future of CAP post-2020. Wicklow farmers can rest assured that Fine Gael will continue to support a strong CAP for the benefit of all. Wicklow farmers can make their voice heard by completing the European Commission’s questionnaire at https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/FutureCAP
“The Minster for Agriculture, Michael Creed, is going to engage with the European Commission and with other Member States throughout this consultation process, to ensure that our farmers are well represented.
“Minister Creed’s Department is already conducting a detailed policy analysis on the future shape of the CAP, taking into account potential challenges ahead. These include: supporting the sustainable growth of food production; implementing modern and innovative measures to help mitigate the impact of increased global market volatility; and more effective promotion of and support for generational renewal.
As Minister Creed has highlighted, our Beef Data and Genomics Programme is a good example of how we can simultaneously enhance both sustainability and production efficiency for farmers here. Similarly, our support for knowledge transfer initiatives, which help to encourage on-farm innovation in the drive towards more sustainable forms of production, is something that can be built upon by the future CAP. The use of more modern, and more innovative, measures should also be pursued, to help farmers make provision for volatile incomes, something I know has been difficult for some farmers here in Wicklow.
“Commissioner Hogan intends to hold a stakeholder conference in July, and to present a communication on the future CAP in November of this year.
“In the meantime, Wicklow farmers should get involved and have their say and they should note that the public consultation questionnaire is open on the European Commission website until the 2nd of May 2017.”