Irish Farmers' Association to protest against EU cuts

The Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) is due to hold a protest outside Dublin Castle against planned EU cuts to the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP).

The protest coincides with the visit of EU Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos.

He is attending a meeting on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy.

IFA President John Bryan said farmers wanted to highlight the damaging effects of his CAP reform proposals on agriculture in Ireland.

Mr Bryan described the commissioner's reform proposals of flattening Single Farm Payments (SFP) and regionalisation as "seriously flawed".

"They will do massive damage to agricultural output and the viability of tens of thousands of our most active and productive farmers in every parish in Ireland," he said.

In a clear warning to Mr. Ciolos' plans to secure an EU CAP deal during the Irish Presidency, he said that Irish farmers would not let the Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney, who is president of the EU Council, sell out productive agriculture.

About 1,000 farmers took part in an IFA picket outside the minister's constituency office in Carrigaline, County Cork on Saturday in protest at the reform proposals.

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