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Minister 'pleased' to make early FWMS payments

The payment of €100m in Farm Waste Management Scheme (FWMS) grants to 14,758 farmers has been confirmed by the Department of Agriculture.

The Minister for Agriculture, Brendan Smith, said the early payment of the final 20pc installment of the grant had been made possible due to savings elsewhere in the Department's budget.

"I am pleased to have been able to bring forward these payments to so many farm families at this time of the year which has brought total expenditure under the Scheme in 2010 to €297m," Minister Smith said.

The remaining farmers will receive the final installment of grant-aid due under the scheme early this year, he added.

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