Farm Ireland

Saturday 17 March 2018

Hogan confirms farm payment boost for farmers

Phil Hogan
Phil Hogan
European Commissioner Phil Hogan chatting with ,Anna Marie Mc Hugh Ploughing Champ and Margareth Donnelly Farm Ireland in the Independent Tent at the Ploughing Championships 2017 in Screggan Co Offaly
Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

The European Commission has agreed to increase the advance in Basic Payment Scheme to Irish farmers from 50% to 70%.

The one-off payment, amounting to €250 million and due on October 16, follows recent adverse weather that has caused cash-flow difficulties for 139,000 farming families.

Speaking at National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore this morning, Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Affairs confirmed details and said these payments are necessary for Irish farmers who are struggling right now to pay their bills.

“Bad weather means that crop yields are down and stock need extra feed. I'm happy to confirm the advance of 70% rather than usual 50% that was planned, and we expect this will help cash-flow for farmers in difficulty".

Earlier this week, payments under the 2017 Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme, worth in excess of €160 million, have commenced issuing this week to over 75,000 farmers.

The Minister for Agriculture, Food, and the Marine Michael Creed said he was  pleased with these permitted increases in advance payments.

The Minister said the move has been prompted by the market difficulties being experienced in several sectors arising from ongoing currency fluctuations and protracted poor weather conditions. 

“I am acutely aware of the significance to farmers and the wider rural economy of the Basic Payment as well as the various Rural Development Schemes, and I am also mindful of the ongoing market difficulties”

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"These payments and the payments under the Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme, which have commenced this week, would inject up to €800 million into the Irish rural economy in the coming weeks and would provide a very welcome boost for Irish farm families, particularly at this time of the year."

“I can assure all concerned that my officials will do all that’s needed to ensure the maximum number of applicants receive their advance payment at the earliest possible date subject to the necessary requirements of the Schemes being met".

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