COVENEY ANNOUNCES FIRST IN SERIES OF INFORMATION MEETINGS FOR FARMERS ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF CAP REFORM

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, today announced that his Department will hold a series of 14 regional Information Meetings in relation to CAP implementation from Monday 9th March to Tuesday 31st March.

The purpose of the meetings is to provide information to farmers on future requirements in relation to the Basic Payment Scheme under Pillar I and the GLAS scheme under Pillar II of the CAP.

Commenting on the meetings, the Minister said: “this is an important opportunity for farmers to inform themselves on how the key elements of the new CAP reform arrangements will operate. They will have an opportunity to obtain information and advice in relation to the new Basic Payment Scheme, National Reserve, Greening and the new GLAS agri-environmental scheme. In the case of greening and on-line applications, farmers will also be facilitated in obtaining advice on a one-to-one basis from Department staff, which will be available during the afternoons at the same venues.”

The first in the series of regional Information meetings for farmers on the 2015 CAP will be held on the following dates between 9th and 13th March at the following venues:

Date Venue Time

Monday 9th March 2015 Raddison Blu 8PM
Letterkenny
Co Donegal

Tuesday 10th March 2015 Hodson Bay 8PM
Athlone
Co Westmeath

Wednesday 11th March 2015 Knightsbridge Hotel 8PM
Trim
Co Meath

Thursday 12th March 2015 Keadeen Hotel 8PM
Newbridge
Co Kildare

Friday 13th March 2015 Newpark Hotel 8pm Kilkenny

It is intended to hold further meetings in Wexford, Tipperary, Cork, Killarney, Limerick, Galway, Castlebar, Sligo and Cavan. Details in relation to these meetings will follow.

ENDS