Balancing payments for farmers under the 2014 Single Farm Payment Scheme will begin on 1st December. The payments totaling €20,838,660.00 will benefit 7,023 farmers in Donegal.
The payments have ben welcomed by Donegal TD Dinny McGinley.
“These payments are an essential part of many farmers’ budgets. Farmers in Donegal will receive payments amounting to €20,838,660.00. The money will begin arriving in farmers’ bank accounts next week.
“These payments these are worth in excess of €550 million, bringing the total value of payments made to date under the 20114 SPF scheme to over €1.1 billion, while payments under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme now exceeds €185 million.”
Deputy McGinley said the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, TD has also confirmed that every effort continues to be made to clearing the small percentage of remaining cases for payment and that regular payment runs will continue to be made on both schemes on a twice weekly basis.
“The news will be particularly welcome this year given the financial difficulties experienced by many farmers especially in the beef sector.”
Minister of State Joe McHugh TD, “I welcome the announcement from the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine Simon Coveney, that a total of €20,838,660.00 will be issued to a 7,023 farm cases in Donegal through the 2014 Single Farm Payment scheme and will begin issuing to farmers from the 1st December 2014.
“These payments are essential to farmers who play a vital role in the Irish economy by contributing to our farming sector. It acknowledges the challenges facing rural Ireland and offers support to those working on farms and who are facing ongoing challenges within the sector.
“I welcome the Minister’s announcement, where he confirmed that payments will begin paying into farmer’s bank accounts from next week, however it must be acknowledged that there are other challenges facing farmers which also need immediate action. There is confusion amongst farming communities regarding the implementation of the GLAS scheme. I have been speaking with the Minister directly regarding this issue and I have implored him to act as quickly as possible to address the concerns of farmers.
“There have also been challenges facing the Beef industry and the recent discussions between the IFA, Meat Industry Ireland and the Department is an example of how progress can be made through discussions. While there is further work to be done, it is important to recognise the progress that has been made and that engagement between all sides continues.”