€43m in advance farm payments

Posted in Connect on October 26, 2018.

Rural and Community Development Minister Michael Ring has revealed that more than €43m has been paid out to 10,119 Mayo farmers under advance payments of the 2018 Basic Payments Scheme (BPS). Mr Ring said he was delighted that so many Mayo farmers would benefit from these early payments.

“These payments are a vital support for farmers across the sector in maximizing cash flow and are particularly welcome at this time in light of the adverse weather conditions experienced on Mayo farms this year. “It is a key priority for Fine Gael to get these payments out to the greatest number of farmers possible at the earliest date allowed under EU legislation, subject to the necessary requirements of the schemes being met. “With this in mind, my colleague, the Minister for Agriculture, secured EU Commission agreement for a higher advance payment of 70% for 2018, rather than 50% as provided for in the EU legislation.

“Some 93% of eligible applicants for the BPS have now been paid in this first tranche, and the success of our move to full online applications this year has helped us to deliver further efficiencies in the rocessing of payments which are of direct benefit to farmers. “Payments under the 2018 Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme (ANC) also continue to issue as cases are cleared for payment.” In order to facilitate farmers who wish to contact the department in relation to their BPS or ANC payments, extended hours are now in place for the Direct Payments Helpline up to October 27. Farmers can ring the department at 076 1064420 between 9am and 8.30pm on weekdays and 9am to 1pm on Saturday next, October 27.

Mayo News 22nd October 2018

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