O’Reilly says ‘Common Agricultural Policy not just about farmers’

At a special meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee with representatives of the Socialist Democrats members of the European Parliament, Fine Gael TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Deputy Joe O’Reilly made a strong case for no reduction in the CAP Budget. He pointed out that a rapidly rising European population must be fed. ‘An ample supply of food is vital and must be provided’ he stated.

Continuing the Deputy said ‘Certain minimum health standards must be insured in food production. Both of these objections require direct support to farmers.’ He further stated that farmers must be supported to prevent inflation in food prices, ‘In order to provide food, at close to current prices, to hard pressed consumers, this requires direct support to production. Direct payment to farmers through CAP ensures enough quality food reasonably priced to our growing number of consumers’.

The very worthy objective of Job Creation and retention at European level can be pursued with the aid of the Common Agricultural Policy. According to Deputy O’Reilly ‘The food sector as it expands can create many jobs and the traditional family farm can preserve existing jobs’.

Senator Joe O'Reilly representing Cavan & Monaghan 2010. | An ExSite website