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Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Martin Browne: We are in a situation in which a debate is ongoing over how a diminished pot of supports is to be distributed among the country's farmers who are being asked to do much more in return for far less. It seems as though our farmers are being utilised instead of being supported. The nature of the Common Agricultural Policy has changed from one that was supposed to assist farmers to engage in...

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Deputy Lowry is sharing with Deputy Fitzpatrick.

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Michael Lowry: The United Nations estimates that worldwide demand for food will increase by 60% by 2050. Experts estimate it will take as much innovation in agriculture in the next 40 years as in the preceding 10,000 years to meet the growing demand for food. What is currently anticipated for Ireland is far from being innovative. When farmers from across the country are driven to stage a day of action...

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Charlie McConalogue: Which budgetary cuts?

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: We are expecting the overall CAP budget to be reduced as a percentage. Therefore, we are looking at the multi-annual financial framework-----

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Charlie McConalogue: We are clear at this point on what the budget will be between now and 2028. In monetary terms, it is narrowly up but in percentage terms, the overall CAP is down. This has been a challenge over many CAP cycles. If we include inflation, it reduces its impact in real terms. Monetarily, it has increased. Pillar 2 has increased by 20%. We have fought very hard to maintain the budget and to...

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Alan Dillon: I thank the Minister, Deputy McConalogue, and the Minister of State, Deputy Heydon, for facilitating today's question and answers on the important CAP negotiations. It is also important to be sensitive when discussing the range of farming payments and the impact of potential changes to these payments. Often, they are critical income for farming families and particularly so in counties such...

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Christopher O'Sullivan: In his opening statement, the Minister referred to the fact he grew up in this world and this life, and I know he has the best interests of farmers at heart and will do his best to ensure the right balance is struck. What is often left out of this argument and debate is the value of farming and farming livelihoods to the local economy. The Pillar 1 basic payment we are discussing goes back...

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Michael Moynihan: I welcome the opportunity to contribute to the debate. I am a suckler and beef farmer. We are at a crucial moment in agriculture. We have to use the Common Agricultural Policy to pay money to farmers to make sure there is food on the table, as was the case with the CAP many years ago. We must also pay tribute to the many farmers the length and breadth of the country who produce a...

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Violet Wynne: The main discourse around the CAP negotiations is pitting the small against the big farmer. It highlights how 100% convergence would see a big shift of money from the south and east to the north and west. The main narrative missing in this discourse is a vital player in this game, one who potentially stands to lose the most, namely, the farmer with a medium-size farm. Having spoken with...

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I agree with much of the commentary on the need to ensure the sustainability of the family farm. Beyond that, many people in the EU have forgotten what CAP was about, namely, the steady supply of safe food. The biggest problem we have is the reduced overall CAP budget. Its share of the overall EU budget has declined from 37% to 30%. What will this look like? Has the Department...

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Charlie McConalogue: I thank Deputy Ó Murchú. I will take the second point on diquat first. The use of diquat has been suspended at EU level. There is ongoing engagement with Teagasc on alternatives and how to use them. I made it clear to farmers last year that this was the route they should take this year. On maintaining sustainable family farm incomes, that is obviously a key objective in how...

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I would like to check the position regarding budgetary cuts. If I am correct, they will be at the end of the EU budgetary cycle. Have we looked into this? What sort of cuts could we be looking at? Whatever difficulties we might have with convergence and flexibility at this point in time-----

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Charlie McConalogue: I thank Deputy Cairns. I have a couple of comments on the policies of this Government and what we are doing for farmers. The budget for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine this year has increased by 11% in trying to support farm families, which demonstrates the prioritisation we give to supporting farmers in the work they do. I am progressing work on establishing a food...

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Éamon Ó Cuív: Looking at the big picture for farming, once again Europe has failed to grasp the big nettle. Looking at dairy farming and particularly beef and sheep farming, putting aside the fixed grants that people get irrespective of productivity and as long as they have a very basic level of farming going on, the more intensively one farms, the smaller the profit that is made. When a farmer does up...

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

John Paul Phelan: I find myself in the rare position of not only sharing time with Deputy Ó Cuív but also of agreeing with a few of his points. From first-hand experience, I am aware of what has happened to some of those involved in intensive farming, particularly farmers with dry stock, as a result of the fact that prices in the beef sector had been low until recently. Those in this group who were...

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Kathleen Funchion: I thank the Minister. We move now to Sinn Féin. Deputy Mairéad Farrell has two and a half minutes.

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Cathal Crowe: Acting Chairman, I am in this speaking slot as well.

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Kathleen Funchion: I apologise to the Deputy but his time was taken by his colleague because he was not here.

Common Agricultural Policy: Statements (16 Jun 2021)

Cathal Crowe: Yes but I have been indicating to come in.

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