Moyle SDLP Councillors call for single flat rate payment of Single Farm Payments

11 04 2014



Moyle SDLP Councillors Margaret Anne McKillop and Dónal Cunningham have called for a single zone region for CAP Pillar 1, and a four year transition period to achieve a single flat rate payment for Single Farm Payments across the North.


After attending the party’s Agricultural Conference in Co Tyrone, Councillor Margaret Anne McKillop said


“We strongly support the party’s call for a single zone region, splitting the north into two or more regions makes absolutely no sense ,and would amount to little more than an attempt to create a two tier system of payments , something that would no doubt disadvantage and discriminate against most of the farming families in the Glens of Antrim. It is vital that we fight our corner and robustly support the implementation of a single region model”.


Councillor Cunningham continued


 “The SDLP has listened to a wide range of farming groups and agri-sector stakeholders. The key factors influencing our decision are the principle of fairness and equality, the sustaining and development of family farm based rural communities, and a sensible period of four years to allow for necessary adjustment.


“There has been too much uncertainty and confusion allowed to grow since the debacle over the Pillar 1/Pillar 2 transfer at the end of 2013 which is adding to the anxiety surrounding the CAP Pillar 1 issue.”






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