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Conference focuses on CAP Reform Direct Payment options

A stakeholder conference on the future of CAP Reform Direct Payments is taking place at the Department of Agriculture’s Greenmount College, County Antrim today.
Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Speaking ahead of the conference, Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill said: “In October I launched a major public consultation on the reform of CAP Pillar 1 Direct Payments. The consultation document outlines my Department’s proposals for implementing changes from 2015 onwards.

“I recognise that the proposals contained in the consultation document are complex. As part of the ongoing consultation process, this conference for stakeholder organisations from across the agri-food industry provides an opportunity to discuss the options further contained within the consultation paper. It is important to give stakeholders the opportunity to seek clarification on detailed issues and allow a full discussion around the reforms.”

The Minister added: “It is essential that the industry continues to make their views known and engages with my Department, so that working together we can ensure that the implementation of the CAP Pillar 1 in the north best meets the needs of our agricultural community.

“I stress that the suggested package of support outlined in the document is not set in stone. I felt it was important to give stakeholders a steer as to my current thinking on the new system of direct payments given the wide range of options that are available. However, no decisions have been taken and I very much want to hear the views of stakeholders before reaching a conclusion on the implementation of the new reforms.

“I remain committed to engaging with the industry and welcome their responses to the consultation by to the closing date on 17 January 2014.”

The consultation document is on the DARD website.

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