Sustainable Agriculture Students Attend CAP Reform Forum

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Siobhán Jordan (lecturer DkIT), Oliver Tierney (lecturer Ballyhaise Agricultural College) Shane Brady, Aidan Brady (both students DkIT), Mairead McGuinness (MEP), James O Donoghue, Karl McDermott (both students DkIT) and Eamon Mullen (lecturer DkIT).


Students from the B.Sc (honours) in Sustainable Agriculture took part in a meeting reviewing the Common Agricultural Policy at The Radisson Hotel, Cavan recently. The meeting was party of the European Commission's public consultation process following its publication of proposed changes to the CAP. These changes are due to be implemented in 2014.

The event was chaired by Dr Tom Kelly, Director of Knowledge Transfer at Teagasc. It attracted an audience from the farming and wider agri-food industry. Speakers at the event included Betty Lee from the EU Commission, John Bryan, President of the IFA and MEPs Mairead McGuinness , Esther de Lange and Bairbre de Brun.

Most interest at the event focussed on the Commission's new proposals for "greening" of the CAP. Concerns were expressed about the damage these proposals could cause to some sectors of the Irish farming industry. There were also discussions about the lack of certainty for the EU's agricultural budget in the future and the inherent difficulties in constructing a common approach to agricultural policy for 27 countries.

The B.Sc (honours) in Sustainable Agriculture programme is jointly run by DkIT and Ballyhaise Agricultural College.