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The EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) was initially established to guarantee secure supplies of food for Europe's citizens. Now it is a broad policy whose primary objectives are market-oriented sustainable food production, supporting the incomes of farmers, preservation of the environment and rural development.
In Ireland, the Agri food industry is our largest indigenous industry and accounts for 8.6% of employment, 10.3% of exports and 7.8% of Gross Value Added. The CAP supports the development of the sector through a combination of direct payments to farmers, financial assistance towards investments in rural development and environmental protection and market support measures.
In accordance with EU Regulation 1306/2013, the Department is obliged to ensure annual ex-post publication of all of the beneficiaries of CAP funding, both legal and non-legal persons, which shall remain available for two years from the date of the initial publication.