Farming community invited to meeting in Clonoe

Sinn Fein's Mid Ulster MP Francie Molloy wants the Department of Education to review CCMS proposals to close a number of rural schools
Sinn Fein's Mid Ulster MP Francie Molloy wants the Department of Education to review CCMS proposals to close a number of rural schools

Mid Ulster MP Francie Molloy has invited the farming community to a public meeting on the implementation of CAP Pillar 1 (Single Farm Payments) and CAP Pillar 2 (Rural Development Programme).

The meeting will take place in Clonoe Community Centre, next Thursday 22nd January at 7.30pm and will be addressed by DARD Minister Michelle O’Neill and senior officials from the department.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Mr Molloy said: “The Single Farm Payment is absolutely vital for farmers across the country and the recent agreement on CAP reform and potential changes to the SFP has provoked a lot of interest among the farming community.

“Farmers are well aware that the current SFP is to be replaced with a new Basic Payment Scheme and they know of the requirement for ‘greening measures’ and active farmers but are uncertain about how this will impact upon their farming business and personal circumstances.

“The meeting will also provide an excellent opportunity to find out more about the Farm Business Improvement Scheme, the Young Farmers Scheme and other opportunities for rural communities.

“Sinn Fein have hosted a number of these meetings over the past few months and they have all been very well attended as they give an excellent opportunity for farmers and the wider rural community to ask questions and hear directly from the Minister and her officials about CAP reform and we extend an open invitation to everyone.”