Advance on Single Farm Payment will provide relief for ‘Rained off’ farmers – Deering

12th July, 2012

Carlow Fine Gael TD, Pat Deering, has today (Thursday) welcomed the decision from Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, to seek approval for a 50% advance on Single Farm Payments, to assist Irish farmers who are having a very difficult season due to the bad weather.

The Minister has confirmed that it is his intention to seek the approval of the EU Commissioner to allow the payment of a 50% advance of the Single Farm Payment.

“Farmers in Carlow and across the Country are having a very tough summer due to the recent Monsoon like weather conditions. This very heavy rainfall is having a major impact on their ability to produce silage, meaning many farmers have to move their cattle indoors and buy feed.

“This is having a serious financial impact on farmers, the Irish Farmers Association have already estimated that the bad weather could cost the agri-food sector up to €100 million this year and no sign of a let-up yet.

“I welcome  Minister Coveney’s announcement that he is seeking approval from the EU Commissioner to allow for 50% of the Single Farm Payment to be paid in advance. Unfortunately this can only be paid after October 16th, the first day of the new EU financial year, but it will still come as some relief to struggling farmers who are suffering as a result of cash flow problems to know that they will receive the advance payment in three months’ time. It will give the farmers involved a certain amount of security about the income and will make it a little easier to plan for the rest of the year.” Deputy Deering concluded.