Farmers from Donegal will get a chance to find out more about planned changes in the Common Agricultural Policy at a major meeting tonight (Wednesday).

However, they will have to travel to Leitrim to find out more - and to have their voice heard.

Agriculture Minister Michael Creed will make a presentation about planned CAP changes at a meeting in the Bush Hotel in Carrick-on-Shannon, starting at 7.00  pm.

Addressing members of the Co. Donegal Executive of the Irish Farmers' Association at its annual general meeting in Letterkenny on Tuesday night, IFA Director General Damian McDonald stressed that the coming weeks are of vital importance for Irish farmers.

With Britain leaving the EU, there will be big implications for the EU's budget and for CAP. Britain is a net contributor to the EU and when it leaves this will mean a €3.8 billion drop in the money going into the EU budget.

This could mean that CAP will be reduced by 5% - and that would have very serious implications for Irish farmers.

"The biggest single decision for Irish agriculture this year will be made in May when decisions are taken to decide the multi-annual framework for CAP post-2020, and what the CAP budget will be," he said.

The IFA has set up a CAP projects team.

He explained that at present each EU country puts in 1% of its gross national income into the EU budget.

The IFA wants this to increase to 1.1% "or a bit more."

"We have to start by trying to commit own government to put more in," he said.

Stressing the importance of attending the meeting in Leitrim - one of a number being held around the country - he said the priority was the size of CAP rather than how it is divided.

"CAP could by cut by 5%. We need to put pressure back on the Minister," he said.

He also stated that Ireland needs to persuade other countries to put in more as well.

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