SDLP Position on CAP reform

11 04 2014

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The SDLP have come down in favour of a single zone region for CAP Pillar 1, and a four year transition period to achieve a single flat rate payment across Northern Ireland

What has happened with the CAP Reform?

  • A political agreement was reached on CAP in the European Council of Ministers in June 2013.
  •  It paves the way for changes to be made to the support arrangements for farmers and for the development of the next rural development programme, with regional variation allowed.
  •  The Single Farm Payment Scheme will be replaced by a Basic Payment Scheme with Greening conditions.
  •  New Young Farmer Entrants scheme (for people less than 40).
  •  The Minister for Agriculture Michelle O’Neill has yet to make the decision on the model of payment model.
  •  Great uncertainty about entitlements relating to the 2014 Single Farm Payment application

What is the SDLP position?

The SDLP have come down in favour of a single zone region for CAP Pillar 1, and a four year transition period to achieve a single flat rate payment across Northern Ireland

Why did the SDLP make this decision?

The key factors influencing this decision are:

  • The principle of fairness and equality
  • The sustaining and development of family farm based rural communities
  • A sensible period of four years transition  to allow for necessary adjustments

What happens next?

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.

SDLP believe that the sooner the Minister for Agriculture concludes this issue, the better for all concerned in the farming sector.

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