At a conference held recently in Kilcoran Lodge Hotel, Cahir, entitled The Future in Farming, Deputy Eamonn O Cuiv hit out at the policies of I.F.A., I.C.M.S.A. and I.C.S.A.
Deputy O Cuiv spoke regarding the CAP talks where they propose that no limit should exist to the amount a farmer could receive in his single farm payment (SFP), and the historic system should remain in place until 2020.
The Fianna Fail spokesperson for agriculture said that all SFP should be capped at €50,000 and more of the money should be directed to the smaller farmer to help him survive in rural Ireland.
Donie Shine of the Milk Rights Group defended the idea of capping the payments and said the smaller farmer should be protected at all cost.
A heated debate ensued and the consensus was that a limit in needed on payments but at what level.
The panel on the night under the chairmanship of P.J.English was Deputy Eamonn O Cuiv Fianna Fail Spokesperson on Agriculture, Pat McCormac I.C.M.S.A, Edmond Phelan I.C.S.A., Donie Shine Milk Rights Group and Flor McCarthy I.F.A.