Farm scheme yields €2.2 m

The 2014 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme grant is worth more than €2 million to more than 1,600 farm families.

The 2014 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme grant is worth more than €2 million to more than 1,600 farm families.

Mairead McGuinness, MEP for Laois said the 2014 scheme will mean payments of €2,204,888 for 1,165 farmers in County Laois.

She said the direct aid payments to farmers and the rural community are extremely important. She said a lot of people are dependent on this payment and it has a “multiplier effect in the local economy.

“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 of Agriculture, Food and the Marine so that payments can be issued.

“I would encourage all farmers in Co Laois who believe they are eligible, to present their horse passports, sheep registers, etc. to avoid a delay in receiving payment. These payments are essential to provide cash-flow and to secure the business,” the MEP said.

She said Minister Coveney also confirmed that arrangements are on target to issue payment of the 50% advance of the Single Payment, with effect from October 16. She said this is a very important payment for cash flows.

“Despite the good weather, it has been a challenging year for farmers across the country. However the economy is on a upward curve and the contribution of the agri-business sector has been significant in this recovery,” she said