New CAP needs to protect small family farms

Sinn Fein says it’s vital that the small farmer is protected in today’s CAP announcement.

Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan will reveal new details on the CAP budget post Brexit this morning (10:30am)

Sligo Leitrim TD Martin Kenny says the party has made a submission calling for the Pillar 1 payments under the Basic Payment Scheme to be frontloaded and he expects that to be announced today.

In the future CAP, he has also called for part-time farmers not to be penalised for having to work off the farm to supplement their income.

Today, he’s hopeful that small family farms will be protected in Commissioner Hogan’s announcement:

Meanwhile, MEPs are also calling for fair funding ahead of today’s announcement.

North West MEP Marian Harkin agrees that the small farm has to be protected: