Breen welcomes Advance Single Farm Payments

October 17th, 2013 - Pat Breen

Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade and Clare T.D. Pat Breen has today (Thursday( welcomed the news that Clare Farmers have begun to receive their advance payments under the 2013 Single Farm Payment Scheme.

“I am very pleased that payments worth €22,172,378 have begun issuing to 5,495 farmers in the County. It has been a difficult 18 months for farmers particularly given the prolonged fodder and cash flow has become a critical issue particularly for those on low incomes, so that the timing of these payments is extremely important.

The Single Farm Payment forms a considerable part of the annual income of farmers. It has taken on increased significance in the current economic climate. Huge numbers of farmers rely on the SFP to subsidise the running costs of the farm and the payment often constitutes an amount greater than the net farm income.
These payments will continue issuing twice weekly up until the 30th November, with balancing payments to issues as and from the 1st December. I understand from Minister Coveney that while payments are continuing to issue as cases become clear, that he is urging anybody who has received correspondence from my Department highlighting problems in relation to their application, to respond without delay as, by doing so, those cases can then be processed and payments issued as soon as possible.

This Government is determined to further develop the agri-food sector which is one of the shining lights of the Irish economy and Budget 2014 will help to further contribute to the future growth and prosperity of the sector.

The €23 million increase in the suckler cow scheme introduce in the Budget is a clear recognition of importance the Government places in the beef sector and I am also delighted that current level of payments under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme has been maintained at €195 million despite the budgetary pressures that exist and the Grassland Sheep Scheme has been increased to €15 million making it a good week for Clare’s farmers.

ENDS

Clare 5,495 €22,172,378