SF meet with UFU on single farm payments

Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Ó hOisín has taken part in a delegation including Sinn Féin MLA’s Ian Milne, Declan McAleer and Oliver McMullan to meet the Ulster Farmers Union at the Assembly.

In the wake of the meeting, Mr Ó hOisín, a representative for East Derry said: “We had a very direct meeting with the Ulster Farmers Union and we emphasised our party position on the future of Single Farm Payment in that it should be determined on a single region basis.

“We explained to the UFU that the present model could no longer be justified as it is based on production levels from more than a decade ago.

“The two region model would further create disadvantage especially for hill and small farmers, who contrary to UFU views are also productive farmers.

“The single region model would be more equitable and sustain productive farmers in all areas across the North.

“We asked the UFU to review its position and listen to working farmers and help bring equality to the industry.”