Published: Monday, 21st January, 2013 11:12am
Robert Troy TD hosts a public meeting in Rathowen this week to discuss the proposed reform of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), which will be attended by Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture, Food and Community Affairs Éamon Ó Cuív TD.
"I want to extend an invitation to farmers and members of the public with a strong interest and connection with the farming sector to this public meeting, at 8pm in the Rathowen Community Centre on Thursday January 24, said Deputy Troy.
Deputy Ó Cuív said the meeting was part of Fianna Fáil's national campaign to protect Ireland's funding under CAP. "We want to consult farmers in Westmeath and across the midlands about the major challenges they are facing at this time," he said. "This meeting in Rathowen gives us the opportunity to address the concerns of local farmers, many of whom are extremely worried about what's coming down the line.
"There must be no reduction in funding for the Common Agriculture Policy. It is crucial that this is nailed down as a matter of urgency to end the state of uncertainty that is plaguing Irish farming."
Deputy Troy added: "Many farmers are still unaware of the alternatives and proposals being put forward and we will meet them to inform them of the proposals while also seeking their input into the process. There are a lot of tough negotiations ahead on CAP and we need the minister for agriculture to fight hard for Ireland.
"Farmers in Westmeath and across the midlands should have an input in the direction that future policies should take."