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Common Agricultural Policy

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 20 May 2021

Thursday, 20 May 2021

Questions (23)

Pearse Doherty


23. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the steps he plans to take in the next CAP to address the longstanding issues of the forgotten farmers. [27043/21]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Programme for Government contains a commitment to seek to resolve, under the next CAP, the issue of support for the category of farmers known as Forgotten Farmers. The draft proposals for the new CAP include provision for supports for young farmers and new entrants to farming and the Department is examining the issue of forgotten farmers with that timeline in mind.

As the Deputy will be aware, negotiations on the reform of the CAP are currently ongoing. The outline of any schemes supported under the next CAP and details of the Terms and Conditions for eligibility under such schemes or for supports available will be set out once the relevant EU Regulations are agreed and finalised.

I am fully committed to addressing this issue in a way that is fair to this cohort of farmers under the next CAP as outlined in the Programme for Government.