Huge changes are on the way to farmer payments according to leaked CAP proposals that appear in the Irish Farmers Journal.

Under the proposals payments will be channelled more towards active farmers not earning off farm income and the Department of Agriculture would have to define a new category of ‘Genuine’ farmers.

There would be more freedom for Dublin to shape policies.

Farmers with large off-farm income to be penalised, with a €60,000 cap on EU payments to large farmers.

The new CAP deal is due to come into effect in two years time.

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