For the three years from 2017 to 2019, farmer supports of one kind or another accounted within the OECD area (the small group of mostly rich countries to which the EU and Ireland individually belong) for 17.6% of total farm receipts.

In the years 2000 to 2002, supports accounted for 29% of total farm receipts and from 1986 to 1988, supports counted for 35% of farmer receipts. These figures are roughly comparable with what has happened within European and Irish farming. Earlier this week, I was glad to receive an invitation to the launch of the organisation’s 2020 review of agricultural policy as well as recommendations for adjustments in individual countries.