€33.8m paid to 3,704 Wexford farmers

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Some 3,704 farmers in Wexford have received a total of €33.8 million through advance payments of the Basic Payment Scheme.

Fine Gael Minister Michael D’Arcy TD informed WexfordToday.com; “I am happy to confirm that advance payments under the BPS, worth €747 million to 114,500 farmers, have commenced issuing today. This includes €33.8 million to 3,704 farmers in Wexford. These payments are a vital support for farmers across the country and contribute greatly to maximising income and cash flow in the sector.”

Minister D’Arcy continued; “A key priority for Fine Gael is to issue payments to the greatest number of farmers possible at the earliest date allowed under EU legislation, subject to the necessary requirements of the Schemes being met. With this in mind, my Fine Gael colleague, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed, also secured EU Commission agreement for a higher advance payment of 70% for 2019 rather than 50% as provided for in the EU legislation.

“Compared to the advance payments made at this stage last year, an additional 1,500 farmers have received an advance payment in the first run of payments this year.  This represents an additional €15 million.  In all, some 94% of eligible applicants for the 2019 BPS are receiving their advance payment at the earliest date possible. 

Payments under the 2019 Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme (ANC) also continue to issue as cases are cleared for payment. 

The advance BPS payment and the advance ANC payments taken together mean that some €932 million has now issued to Irish farmers in the last month.

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