Poll: Should farmers’ Single Farm Payment details be published?
The Department of Agriculture have taken the decision to publish details of 130,000 farmers and rural enterprises €1.8bn in Single Farm Payments in the coming months.
But are they correct to do so?
Farm organisations would certainly say that they are not.
Some organisations cite the fear that the details could play into the hands of criminals who may target farmers. Others say publishing the payment details is an invasion of privacy and farmers right to confidentiality should be respected.
Furthermore, some say that publishing the details of farmers payments would be extreamly divisive among farmers leading to envy and jealousy.
Others defend the decision saying that public money is public money and the details of who gets the payments and how much they get should be in the public domain.
Also, some say that publishing the details would be in the interest of many farmers and serve to highlight perceived inequality in the system.
Latest figures from the Department of Agriculture show that 216 farmers received more than €100,000 of a Single Farm Payment last year. At the other end of the scale 84,153 farmers received less than €10,000 annually as their Single Farm Payment in 2014.
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