A fair way forward for farmers
The next CAP must ensure all farmers under 40 have access to the same entitlements as farmers over the age of 40. Farming faces a serious demographic challenge as the bulk of the agricultural workforce grows older and retires with the average age of Irish farmers at 56. The long term future of the industry needs fresh blood to rejuvenate it.
The 2013 CAP agreement does not go far enough in achieving the supports necessary to draw in and sustain a new generation of Irish farmers.
Fianna Fáil’s plan to encourage the next generation of farmers.
Work with all EU Member States to ensure that the next CAP provides all farmers under 40 access to the same entitlements regardless of when they started farming in order to remove the current discriminatory set up.
Demand that greater flexibility be given to EU Member States regarding education eligibility to enable more young farmers to avail of CAP schemes.
Young Farmer Scheme
Enable Member States to adapt the current Young Farmer Scheme ceiling in order to make additional national exchequer contributions outside of ring-fenced pillar 1 funding and target underspend towards generational renewal incentives.