The future of farming in the west of Ireland depends greatly on the single farm payment and rural development measures for vulnerable sectors and regions, IFA leader John Bryan has warned.

The IFA president emphasised the importance of securing a fully-funded EU Budget for both the farm payment and the rural development programme.

Mr Bryan was speaking at a regional information meeting on the CAP reforms in Claremorris, Co Mayo.

He said pressure from some EU member states for a reduction in the overall CAP budget post-2013 must be resisted and the heads of Government meeting next month will have to put in place a full budget up to 2020.

The IFA president said the rural development programme has been very successful along the western seaboard and its continuation would be vital to maintaining farming in every county.

Cutbacks in these schemes in recent years have had a devastating impact on their income, he said, and the minister and the Government must ensure the programme is a central part of the next CAP.