20,000 farmers tie up Dublin today in a protest organised by the IFA against CAP reform
Yet, according to Fintan O'Toole in the IT the proposed reform will only marginally reduce the amount to money being provided to Irish farmers. However, bigger farmers will get less of the overall pot while smaller farmers will gain substantially.
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...325059375.htmlMore recently, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney gave the Dáil even starker figures: “Under a national flat rate, although the overall allocation to Ireland would not change, around 76,000 Irish farmers would gain an average of 86 per cent on their current payments, while around 57,000 would lose an average of 33 per cent.”
Yet Coveney is standing with the IFA in opposing changes that would benefit a majority of farmers.
Why are the majority of farmers in Ireland continuing to support an organisation that is clearly not acting in their interests?
According to O'Toole 37% of the CAP money is currently going to 10% of those involved in farming:
The ones benefiting the most seem to be limited companies and not even farmers in the traditional sense.Who benefits from this system? The Department of Agriculture has always insisted on keeping the names private, but in 2008, the information commissioner forced the release of the names. At that time, 37 per cent of SFPs were going to the top 10 per cent of farmers. The two biggest earners were Larry Goodman’s Irish Agricultural Development, which received €508,390 in subsidies, and Kepak Farm, which received €346,118. The next eight biggest farm businesses each received subsidies of between €305,000 and €212,000.