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EU Sheep Forum Outcomes Welcomed

20 October 2016

IRELAND - Irish Farmers Association (IFA) Sheep Chairman John Lynskey has welcomed the recommendations made by the EU Sheepmeat Forum for strong CAP support for sheep producers, including a proposal for a new environmental payment, and a new EU sheepmeat communications and promotion programme.

These were among the priority recommendations from the EU Sheepmeat Forum, which held its final meeting with the EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan in Brussels today.

IFA National Sheep Chairman John Lynskey, who is a member of the EU Sheep Forum, said the recommendations of the forum provide a positive policy framework for an economically and environmentally sustainable sheepmeat sector. “The sheep sector delivers significantly, not only for farmers and rural Ireland, especially in mountain and hill areas where other types of farming are not an option, but also in terms of the delivery of public goods to society.”

Established by Commissioner Hogan in Autumn 2015, and chaired by John Bryan, the Forum brought together participants from Member States and formulated a series of key recommendations for the sheep sector, which were presented to Commissioner Hogan this week.

Recommendations from the EU Sheep Meat Forum also include enhanced rural development, improved support for young farmers, market transparency and better sheep electronic identification.

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