Carlow and Kilkenny TD Ann Phelan welcomed the EU Single Payment Agreement made in Brussels this week by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney.
In a statement she said that this will now allow Ireland to make advance payments to its farmers, at a rate of 50%, to those applicants whose applications are confirmed fully clear, with effect from 16 October, with balancing payments being made with effect from 1 December.
She said that the Minister’s approach to the Agriculture Commissioner had been prompted by the very wet weather experienced throughout June and July, which has led to severe difficulties for farmers, particularly in silage-making and which has also required the housing of animals, with the attendant additional costs of buying-in feed, together with the ongoing cash-flow difficulties affecting farming and the wider community.
“I am aware of the significance of cash-flow to farmers and the wider rural economy of the Single Payment, I have been particularly concerned at the difficulties caused for farmers in both Carlow and Kilkenny by the adverse weather”.
Deputy Phelan said that given the now more favorable EU attitude to Ireland following our positive response to the economic crisis, she is urging the Minister to continue his good work with the Direct Payments Management Committee in Brussels.