€3.6 million paid to Wicklow farmers
A total of €3.6million has been paid to 1,507 Wicklow farmers under the Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) scheme.
This marks the commencement of the payment of some €1.6bn to Irish farmers under various schemes over the coming months.
Due to EU Regulations, payments under the ANC scheme will now be delivered in two instalments, with 85 per cent advance payments issuing initially and a 15 per cent balancing payment issuing from early December.
In Budget 2019 the Government announced additional funding of €23 million to bring the overall annual budget for the ANC scheme up to €250 million.
Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle said: 'I very much welcome this first tranche of payments totalling just over €3.6 million to these farmers in County Wicklow. I am conscious of the many challenges currently faced by farmers and therefore the importance of the timely delivery of payments under the ANC scheme. In Budget 2019 my colleague, Minister Michael Creed, secured additional funding of €23 million to bring the overall annual budget for the ANC scheme up to €250 million. This is the second year in a row that the allocation for the ANC Scheme has been substantially increased, and the increased funding has again been targeted at the areas of highest constraint. The increased budget and higher annual payments represent a timely and significant financial boost for farmers and for the wider rural economy.'
It has also been confirmed that arrangements are on target to facilitate payment of the advance of 70 per cent under the Basic Payment Scheme with effect from 16 October 2019.