Posted by Alan Kelly on April 06, 2010 at 12:08 AM

CAP 2010 Conference  - Pictured at the
CAP 2010 Conference
Pictured at the "Crisis or Opportunity" Seminar to discuss the rural economy and the effect of future changes in CAP at Tipperary Institute, Thurles, Co.Tipperary, yesterday, (l to r): John Byran, IFA National President;Marc Tarabella,MEP; Alan Kelly MEP;Labour Party Leader, Eamon Gilmore; Sean Sherlock TD and Mark Cropper, EU Commission.

97% of farmers believe that CAP is of major or vital importance to Irish agriculture but over 90% of them also believe the future of CAP will have a negative impact. That’s according to results of a survey I carried out ahead of the first CAP conference.


I revealed the survey results at the “Future of CAP, Crisis or Opportunity for Rural Ireland” conference which took place on Friday, March 26th at the Tipperary Institute, Thurles.


The conference, the first of its kind in Ireland saw attendees from all across Ireland gather at the Tipperary venue to hear speakers including Labour Party Leader Eamon Gilmore and IFA President, John Bryan, discuss the future of CAP for Irish farmers.


The EU's CAP is worth over one billion euro to the Irish economy in purely financial terms but possibly three times that when you think of the jobs that money creates,


If you had a tap pouring that amount of money into another area of the Irish economy we would never stop fighting to protect it.


Because it is an agricultural issue and an issue to do with rural Ireland it doesn't' get the attention it deserves and nobody is talking about it.


People, who couldn’t attend on the day, are able to watch the videos of the conference on my YouTube page

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