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‘It is crucial that farmers have their voices heard’

Minister Charlie McConalogue has extended the public consultation on the draft interventions proposed for the 2023-2027 CAP Strategic Plan by one week.

Farmers now have until Friday, September 3rd to make submissions under the consultation process, the previous deadline was August 27th.

The minister stated he is committed to ensuring that all farmers have an opportunity to have their voices heard as part of the consultation process.

He also called three townhall meetings in August as part of the consultation process to give farmers an update on the draft interventions.

CAP consultation 

Making the announcement on Wednesday, August 18th, 2021, he said:

“I have said from the start that I want farmers to be at the very centre of the entire CAP process.”

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“This is one of the most important CAP programme in the history of the policy so it is crucial that farmers have their voices heard.”

“That is why I have moved to provide an extra week as part of this current consultation process.”

“It is critical to note that we are just in a consultation process with nothing set in stone. I committed to bringing this CAP consultation to every farmer in the country and I am doing that.”

Further consultation process

The minister also confirmed that he will lead a further consultation process later in the year before the final CAP programme is sent to the European Commission for scrutiny no later than January 1st, 2022.

“Later in the year, I will personally lead a large and wide consultation process. It is critical to note that no decision has been made or taken. I want farmers to feed in as much as possible. It is their CAP reform.”

“I said once the CAP deal received political agreement in Luxembourg earlier in the summer that I am committed to bringing this CAP deal to every calving shed, every milking parlour, every tillage field and every kitchen table and I intend on doing that.”

“I continue to listen to and engage with farmers on the CAP as it is their deal and I want them to be at the very centre of it.”

How to make a submission 

Written submissions should be made to [email protected]
or by post to:

CAP Rural Development Division,

Agriculture House,

Kildare Street,


D02 WK12

Submissions should be marked: ‘draft interventions for CAP Strategic Plan’

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