‘Making CAP 2020 work for you’ is the theme of an Irish Farmers' Association (IFA)-EU Commission Citizens’ Dialogue event to be held on April 20 in Kilkenny.
Inviting all farmers, agri-business and the general public to attend, IFA president Joe Healy said IFA has organised this major event with the EU Commission and the keynote speaker will be EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan.
Mr Healy said this is a unique opportunity for farmers to hear at first hand the views of Commissioner Hogan on his recent proposals on the future of the CAP. He said CAP is critical for Irish farmers and farm incomes; and provides €1.75bn directly into the Irish economy on an annual basis.
The IFA president said the major challenge to the CAP is the budget. IFA is demanding an increase from 1 per cent to 1.2 per cent of gross national income (GNI) to provide for a strong increase in the CAP budget.
The IFA is organising this event in conjunction with the EU Commission and it will take place in the O’Loughlin Gaels GAA clubhouse in Kilkenny, commencing at 7.00pm, on Friday, April 20.
The main event will involve a debate between Commissioner Hogan and the IFA President Joe Healy on CAP 2020, moderated by Justin McCarthy, editor of the Irish Farmers’ Journal. There will be a question and answers session with audience participation.