Holding onto the existing CAP funding is without doubt the biggest challenge for Irish agriculture within the CAP budget discussions that have just started, according to Department of Agriculture Assistant General Secretary Brendan Gleeson, speaking in Cork this week.

Gleeson was speaking at the Spring Dairy Technology conference in University College Cork. He said: “Given the UK put €10bn into the European budget and, of that, €4bn goes into CAP, we need to ensure the proportions do not diminish.