The government has approved Ireland’s finalized CAP strategic plan which it says will provide almost €10 billion to farming families over the next five years.
Today, Agriculture, Food and Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue presented Ireland’s finalized CAP Strategic Plan (CSP) 2023-2027 to Cabinet for approval.
The Cabinet approved the plan, which had already received the green light from the European Commission in August, also noting that it had undergone a strategic environmental assessment and an appropriate assessment.
Minister McConalogue said: “I am delighted to announce that this morning the government approved the finalized CAP strategic plan 2023-2027. It is a farmer-friendly, fair and well-funded CAP.
“It will provide some €9.8 billion to our farming families over the next five years to help them continue to produce world-class, safe and sustainable food, and to support them in their important work to achieve our climate ambitions.”
“I acknowledge the support of the rest of the cabinet, in particular Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath, who have always understood the need to support our farm families through the CAP.
“There has also been constructive engagement from all ministers throughout the process, which has not only resulted in increased funding for the sector, but also closer collaboration than ever before from all relevant departments in design of the plan. This collaboration will continue throughout the implementation process as we seek to achieve maximum environmental ambition in particular through close monitoring and evaluation of progress,” said Minister McConalogue.
The plan will provide vital support to farmers and rural communities. It aims to meet the dual objective of ensuring the sustainability of family farms and maximizing the environmental and social sustainability of the sector.
Speaking at the announcement, Minister of State for Land Use Planning and Biodiversity, Senator Pippa Hackett, said: “This CAP is very different from previous plans. It contains a host of measures that I know will benefit farmers, their families and their incomes, while protecting our soils, water, habitats and climate.
“In particular, I welcome the five-fold increase in funding to support organic farming, which will help us reach our target of 330,000 ha of organically farmed land by the end of the next CAP.”
“It will also support women heads of agricultural families. I am very happy to see that women farmers will be eligible for higher TAMS grants and that there will also be separate knowledge transfer groups for women.
“Finally, this CAP will be beneficial for both agriculture and the environment. The Soil Sampling Scheme, the Farm Environment Survey, the Life Projects we support and the All Ireland Pollination Plan feed into this plan, whilst we also draw on our knowledge and experience in EIP material by incorporating new EIPs to aid in wading bird reproduction and target water quality. I am convinced that the CAP will now deliver results – for our farmers, for nature, for biodiversity and for the climate.”
Minister of State for Research and Development, Agricultural Safety and Development of New Markets, Martin Heydon, TD, said: “The CAP is one of the fundamental policies of the EU and one that the “Ireland has always been strongly supported. Protecting farms is at the heart of its success. incomes and supporting food production across Europe while achieving a range of policy objectives. This strategic plan marks a step change in the way whose health, safety and welfare of farmers are integrated into farm support.
“Across a range of programs, we have integrated health and safety training while giving it priority in the on-farm capital investment program. This will allow us to reach a wider audience of farmers. larger than we had in previous CAPs – a plus point of a farm from a farm safety and efficiency perspective I believe this plan will help to reduce the unacceptably high number of fatalities on farms in the years to come,” he said.
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