Labour MEP for Munster and member of the European Parliament Agriculture Committee, Phil Prendergast, welcomed the publication of the four key reports important for the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
The reports which centre on the future of the direct payments to farmers, support for rural development, provisions for certain agricultural products and the financing of the CAP, will form the backbone to the European Parliament’s proposals for farmers in Ireland and in Europe.
Launching an intensive period of consultation with farmers throughout Munster, Ms. Prendergast said; “The most important thing we need as MEPs right now is feedback from the ground on the workability of the proposals. We have the opportunity to submit amendments to this legislation at this stage, and as such I would encourage all interested parties to get in contact.
“I will be touring the constituency and hosting a number of information sessions on the CAP proposals as they currently stand, and I hope that this will lead to practical feedback which can then be incorporated into amendments to the legislation.
“I will be publishing the date and time of these sessions, which I hope to conduct in Kerry, Cork, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford over the coming weeks.
“Too often people come to us with proposals for amendments too late in the day, and the horse has already bolted. I would encourage all interested bodies to contact me directly on firstname.lastname@example.org as early as possible so that we can get the best possible deal secured for our farming families and communities.”