CAP reform plans that could lead to European farmers being paid subsidies to do nothing, have been slammed by Ireland's agriculture minister Joe Walsh.
Speaking during the Kerrygold Horse Show in Dublin, Walsh also warned he was uneasy with a situation where farmers would not receive aid for producing livestock. That would cause a fall in production, he said.
Launching his department's annual report for 2001, Walsh argued European taxpayers would find it hard to tolerate farmers being given EU subsidies for doing nothing. He said that the idea would be the first step in the "total dismantling" of the CAP system.

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