Disadvantaged Areas Scheme worth over €1m for Carlow – DEERING

24th September, 2014

Carlow Fine Gael TD, Pat Deering has today (Wednesday) welcomed the announcement by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, that the 2014 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme, worth some €149 million nationally, has started issuing, on schedule, today.

“The issuing of the 2014 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme will mean payments of €1,065,178 for 543 farmers in County Carlow. Direct aid payments to farmers and the rural community are extremely important. I know a lot of farmers in Carlow are dependent on this payment so the fact that this money is being issued on time is to be greatly welcomed.

“Approximately 71,500 eligible farmers across the country will receive their payments in the coming days, but with such a large volume of payments due, it is expected to take about a week for all payments to be issued.

“It is also important to note that there are a significant number of farmers who appear ineligible for this payment under their stocking provisions. I am sure many of those affected are eligible but they must submit the appropriate documentation to the Department so that payments can be issued. I would encourage all farmers who believe they are eligible in Carlow to present their horse passports, sheep registers, etc. to the Department to assure payment.

“Farming and agri-business are extremely important to Ireland and to Carlow. These payments are essential to provide cash-flow and to secure the business. I am very pleased that more farmers are receiving their payment on time; the number of farmers being paid in the first tranche is up from 58,000 last year to 71,500 in 2014. Minister Coveney has also confirmed that arrangements are on target to allow payment of the 50% advance of the Single Payment, with effect from 16th October. This is another very important payment which assists farmers’ cash flows.

“Despite the good weather, it has been a challenging year for farmers across the country. However the economy is beginning to improve and the contribution of the agri-business sector has been significant in this recovery.

“The Government is committed to rebuilding a sustainable and robust economy, we are determined that the recovery will not be threatened or wasted and improving systems to assist the farming community is part of this plan.”