Farm Ireland

Thursday 22 February 2018

Here's when to expect your 2016 Young Farmer Scheme payment

FarmIreland team

Under the provisions of the Farmers Charter agreed between farm organisations and the Department of Agriculture payments under the Young Farmers Scheme is due next month.

According to IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy the Young Farmer Top-up to around 8,000 farmers is fully due on December 1.

The young Farmer Scheme payment is 25% of the national average payment per hectare multiplied by the number of entitlements activated by the applicant, subject to a maximum of 50.

Successful applicants will receive payment under the Young Farmer Scheme for a maximum of five years, dated from the year of setting up the holding.

Department Payments

Kennedy has said the progress by the Department of Agriculture on payments this year is helping to address the severe income crisis and cashflow difficulties on many farms.

The IFA Deputy President said 116,000 farmers have so far received €764m under the Basic Payment Scheme and 84,200 farmers have received €82m in ANC payments.

This is ahead of payment rates this time last year in terms of the number of farmers who have been paid and it is important that this level of progress continues ahead of the final 30% BPS pay-out on December 1st.

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In relation to ANCs, the minimum stocking level is being achieved by more farmers and the numbers paid will progressively increase towards the end of the year as the criteria is met.

Ricard Kennedy said outstanding files held up over digitisation, over-claims or under-claims must be sorted out so that payments can be made to those farmers who are held up.

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