Over €60 million in payments made to Clare Farmers – BREEN

December 10th, 2014 - Pat Breen

Clare TD and Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen has welcomed the news that over €1.7 million in payments under the Beef Genomics Scheme and the Grassland Sheep Scheme will commence issuing to participating Clare Farmers this week, bringing to over €60 million in payments which has been paid out to Clare’s farmers under the various Agricultural Payment Schemes.

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Simon Coveney T.D., made the announcement yesterday (Tuesday) with payments of almost €35 million issuing to farmers in the beef and sheep sectors nationwide.

€1,674,840 in payments will made to Clare Farmers participating in the Beef Genomics Scheme while a further €97,070.05 will issue to Clare Farmers participating in the Grassland Scheme.

Speaking following the announcement, Deputy Breen said that “I am very pleased that in excess of €1.7 million in payments are being made to Clare Farmers who are participating in these Schemes. These payments are particularly welcome this year given the financial difficulties experienced by many farmers especially in the beef sector. And it brings to over €60 million the amount of funding which is paid out to Clare Farmers under the various Agricultural Programmes. The other payments are €42,223,396.50 under the Single Farm Payments, €940,194.14 under AEOS 1, €740,231.57 under AEOS II, €11, 920,050.05 under the Disadvantaged Scheme and €2,778,486.70 under REPS.

Farming is very important to County Clare and the Industry supports thousands of jobs in our rural economy, directly and indirectly and the Government is committed the sector in order to maximise the contribution that the agri-food industry can contribute to our economic recovery.