Over €16 million in advance payments to Offaly farmers

Damian Moran

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Damian Moran

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Over €16 million has been given out in advance payments to farmers in Offaly under the 2013 Single Payments Scheme.

Over €16 million has been given out in advance payments to farmers in Offaly under the 2013 Single Payments Scheme.

The news has been welcomed by local Fine Gael TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy who said the advanced payments highlight the strong commitment of this Government to supporting the farming sector.

Deputy Corcoran kennedy remarked, “a total of €540 million is being paid to 108,000 farmers across the country, as part of the Single Payments Scheme. I am very pleased that Minister Coveney has secured approval to make these payments six weeks ahead of schedule. This will come as a source of great relief to the many farmers in my constituency who depend on these payments” said Deputy Corcoran Kennedy.

She said the scheme is a very important source of income for the Irish agricultural community, and this latest series of payments follow the €169 million which has been paid out to over 80,000 farmers under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme, which began issuing three weeks ago.

She continued, “Minister Coveney was very conscious of the fact that farmers were suffering cash flow shortages due to the challenges posed by adverse weather conditions earlier this year, and with this in mind he approached the EU Agriculture Commissioner to seek approval for early payments. Thanks to the Minister’s representations, payments are being made six weeks earlier than scheduled” said Deputy Corcoran Kennedy.”

Payments will be issued twice weekly up until November 30, with balancing payments to issue as and from December 1. Any farmer who has received correspondence from the Department of Agriculture highlighting problems in relation to their application should respond without delay. This will ensure these cases can be processed and payments issued as soon as possible.

“Payments will continue to issue under both schemes, on an ongoing basis, as individual cases are cleared. I urge all farmers in county Offaly to engage fully with the process to ensure they can receive their payments without delay,” concluded Deputy Corcoran Kennedy.