A new vision for agriculture
momagri, movement for a world agricultural organization, is a think tank chaired by Christian Pèes.
It brings together, managers from the agricultural world and important people from external perspectives,
such as health, development, strategy and defense. Its objective is to promote regulation
of agricultural markets by creating new evaluation tools, such as economic models and indicators,
and by drawing up proposals for an agricultural and international food policy.
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CAP budget reform: Ireland steps up to the plate

October 22, 2012


As new tensions are disturbing the debates on the 2014 CAP reform, European farmers are raising questions and expressing concerns on the fate of its final issue. For its part, Ireland––the Green Eire––is rediscovering its agricultural potential and does not intend to accept new budgetary constraints at the expense of its farmers.

Simon Coveney, the Irish Minister of Agriculture, has just released “Food Harvest 2020”, a progress report that includes an ambitious strengthening and development plan for Irish agriculture and agribusiness. The minister is committed to address this “true challenge”, which includes three global objectives for 2020: Increasing the value of agricultural output by 33 percent, growing exports by 31 percent, and rising added value by 40 percent. A greening of the agricultural policy––an “ecologically intensive” direction––is also included in the plan. Initiated in 2010 and encompassing over 200 directives that are available online1, the new strategy banks on public participation and transparency. Today, it seems to achieve a consensus and is supported not only by agricultural organizations and by agribusiness, but by environmental activists as well.

Today, Ireland––called the “Celtic Tiger” for its remarkable economic boom between 1997 and 2007––is banking on agriculture. Considered as a poor relation in its economy a few years ago, agriculture has now become a true growth engine following a serious crisis in 2008-2010. Yet, Irish farmers feel that if the CAP reform project were not modified, it would disrupt their activities, since Ireland counts on the CAP to finance Irish agriculture.

As a sign of dissatisfaction, 200,000 farmers took to the Dublin streets on October 9, a gathering not seen in years, to show their concerns on the outcome of the CAP reform project. First and foremost, the farmers want to keep the current CAP budget allocation, which allots €1.6 billion to Irish agriculture, and reject the €300 million cut set in the December 2012 Irish budget.

In the end, all eyes are on Brussels, since Irish farmers’ concerns also match those of French or Spanish farmers. Will the Commission decide to keep the 2013 nominal level budget for agriculture for the 2014-2020 period? Will this option by the Paris-Berlin axis be enough to reach a consensus?

Concrete reforms are urgently required to meet the upcoming challenges of European agriculture. Because a status quo regarding the current budget is nothing but a fig leaf that will eternally delay the need for efficient reforms of CAP budgetary incentives. In such environment, momagri believes that another CAP is possible to improve the competitiveness and operations of European agricultural markets2.

1 http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/agri-foodindustry/foodharvest2020/
2 Please see momagri’s article “Another CAP is possible!” at http://www.momagri.org/PDF/momagri-GB-autre-PAC-est-possible-26-06-12.pdf
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