DEAR SIR: I welcome Minister Creed’s recent decision to halt the process of convergence in 2020 until the new CAP has been finalised. The principle of convergence is that all landowners get a flat payment regardless of output, area or income. This has put huge pressure on the drystock sector eg, sheep and suckler cows. As their supports were directly related to the livestock on their farms, farmers in these sectors had a huge dependence on the single farm payment. The origin of these payments was based on the livestock held on farms in the year 2000 and this must now evolve to reflect the realities on the ground today.