€1.125m for Carlow farmers under the Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme.

6th October, 2017

Carlow farmers are set to benefit from €1,125,964.70 in funding under the Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme Fine Gael, TD  & Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Pat Deering said.

The funding was announced by The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, and is set to benefit 75,000 farmers across the nation with total funding exceeding €170 million.

Deputy Deering said: “This funding will benefit 742 farmers across Carlow. I would like to thank my Fine Gael colleague, Minister Michael Creed for fighting hard to make this possible.

“Farmers, especially on the hills and in the disadvantaged areas, took heavy cuts in direct support during the recession and the funding for this year, totalling €1,125,964.70 in Carlow will go some way to rectifying that.

“The Agriculture and Food sector is a strategic priority for Fine Gael. We recognise that farm families are the heartbeat of the rural economy and our vision for the sector will inspire the next generation to continue the tradition of family farming,” the Carlow TD said.

Minister Creed said: “The ANC Scheme is an important support for farmers in many regions of the country, and I am delighted to announce that payments have now started to issue.  The Department will continue to process remaining cases for payment as a matter of urgency over the coming weeks.

The Minister also noted the value and number of payments issuing in the first tranche is significantly increased on the 2016 figure, when €140 million issued to 65,000 farmers.

“These figures underscore my determination to maximise payments to farmers in the most timely manner possible.

“In addition, the increased uptake on online applications under the 2017 ANC and BPS schemes continues to bring benefits for farmers and my Department in terms of more efficient processing of applications.  This trend will continue as we move towards 100% online applications from 2018,” Minister Creed said.