Clare Farmers receive more than €9.3 million in payments – Minister Pat Breen

September 22nd, 2016 - Pat Breen

Payments come under the 2016 Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme

Minister for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen has welcomed the receipt of €9,385,329 in payments by farmers in Clare under the 2016 Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme.

“My colleague, Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, today announced that payments under the 2016 Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme and Areas of Specific Constraint (Islands) scheme, worth over €140 million, have started issuing to almost 65,000 farmers. As many as 4,036 of these payments have been made to Clare Farmers,” said Minister Breen.

“Under the scheme, farmers in Clare have received just over €9.385 million in payments.
“These payments represent a significant and timely financial boost for farmers and for the wider rural economy in Clare. The Department of Agriculture will continue to clear remaining cases for payment over the coming weeks as a matter of priority,” he added.

“Fine Gael in Government is committed to working to ensure that the economic recovery reaches all parts of the country and the benefits are felt inside every doorstep and in every community.”

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For further information contact Minister Pat Breen on 087 2422136.

Note to editors

· The Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme / Areas of Specific Constraint (Islands) scheme is a central scheme in the Rural Development Programme, 2014-2020. It aims to compensate farmers for the significant hardships they face in farming specifically designated lands.

· In line with previous years, not all applications are currently cleared for payment under the scheme. In particular, many farmers have yet to satisfy the annual average stocking density of 0.15 livestock units per forage hectare for the calendar year. However, farmers have until 31 Dec 2016 to do so. Such cases can only be cleared for payment once this requirement has been confirmed.

· Regular pay runs will continue in the coming weeks to ensure cleared cases are processed for payment as quickly as possible. Farmers should submit any outstanding stocking evidence in support of their application to the Department’s Portlaoise Office as soon as possible to facilitate the early release of payments.