Farmers with a high payout percentage is not the most productive INHFA

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    President INHFA Colm O’donnell called a “myth” the assertion that the candidates with highest privileges hectare basic payment scheme (BPS) is one of the most efficient farmers.
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President INHFA Colm O’donnell called a “myth” the assertion that the candidates with highest privileges hectare basic payment scheme (BPS) is one of the most efficient farmers.

Mr. O’donnell (pictured) said that the information provided by INHFA the freedom of information request has shown that the most productive farmers were the countries with highest privileges hectare.


Ministry of agriculture figures for 2017 show that farmers with payments ranging from €300/ha and €400/ha, the highest Average landing speed 1.77 Lu/ha.

However, farmers with higher payments gradually reduce stocking rates, falling from 1.7 Lu/ha for those with average payments of $ 400-500/ha to 1.62 Lu/ha for those with average payments of $ 600-700/ha, and back to 1.26 Lu/ha for individuals with payments from €800/ha and €900/ha.

“Widely expressed the view that farmers in receipt hectare are the most productive was recognized as nothing more than a myth,” stressed O’donnell claimed.

He noted that farmers receive from $ 100/ha and € 200/ha is slightly higher planting density at 1.19 Lu/ha than those with owed 1000 Euro/ha, which have a density of 1.18 Lu/ha.

While Mr. O’donnell admits that many of those with high benefits were tillage farmers or gardeners, which obviously influenced the average stocking, he said that the Department destroyed the assertion that the high BPS of payments is an indicator of high performance.

The leader of the INHFA argued that farmers with payment below €100/ha were often jobs and is found in older lands, and, therefore, were limited to stocking-level limits.

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These farmers were as productive as their ecological conditions and the rules allowed them to be, he said.

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“Farmers and the public should not be misled by all the talk of providing a higher payment cap go to supposedly the most productive farmers and understand that these payments exist for all of our farmers,” stressed O’donnell said.

The next round of cap negotiations are set to get under way once the budget for the period 2020-27 agreed by EU Finance Ministers.

The desire for greater convergence in payments and efforts to introduce a flat rate for the last Dacian cap reform has caused considerable controversy within the Irish farm organisations.


There are proposals to limit payments under the cap 2020 to a maximum of €70,000 for the applicant, but the effectiveness of such measures have been diluted at the beginning of the plans for the proposals, which are large recipients will have the opportunity to include the cost of salaries as a means of avoiding cuts in BPS.

Data from the Department show that a total of 3,591 farmers had a rate above €500/ha in 2017. The average Irish rate of payment is approximately €260/ha.

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