Money aimed at those farming poorer land
More than 1,400 Laois farmers are getting grants under a scheme aimed at compensating farmers for the additional costs involved in farming on disadvantaged land.
However, more than 1,000 have either so far failed in their application for help because they were ineligible or have not yet received money through the Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) scheme.
A total of 1,425 farmers in the county are receiving payments from a total amount paid of €2,776,298.40 in Laois. The Department of Agriculture confirmed to the Leinster Express that 2,545 applied but 1,742 were eligible.
In Offaly, 2,933 farmers applied with 2,494 deemed eligible. The Department said 2,012 will share out €3,795,311.69 in funding.
Farmers in large parts of Laois are not eligible but most of Offaly is deemed disadvantaged.
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue announced on September 15 that payments under the ANC scheme have commenced.
“I am delighted to announce that payments totalling €182 million have issued to almost 85,000 farmers in the first tranche of advance payments under the ANC scheme. This is in line with previous years.
"I am conscious of the importance of the timely delivery of payments under the ANC scheme," Minister McConalogue said.
"The ANC scheme is a crucial one for so many farm families and I was keen to issue payments as soon as possible. These payments represent a timely and significant financial boost for farmers and for the wider rural economy. The issuing of these payments in mid-September underscores my determination to maximise payments to farmers at the earliest possible time.”
"Payments will be visible in farmers’ bank accounts in the coming days and the Department will continue to process, as a matter of urgency, all remaining cases for payment as they meet scheme criteria," Minister McConalogue said.
The Minister also confirmed that arrangements are being made by the Department to facilitate payment of the advance of 70% under the Basic Payment Scheme with effect from 18 October 2021.
All Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine initiatives are undertaken as part of the Department’s Action Plan 2021, which is available at gov.ie - Statement of Strategy 2021 - 2024 (www.gov.ie)
In line with last year’s arrangement, the payments currently issuing are an 85% advance payment on the ANC Scheme. 15% balancing payments are due to commence in early December.
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