Cash payments worth €185m under the Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) have commenced, Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue has confirmed.
Some 86,000 farmers will receive their 85% advance ANC payment this week. This is an increase on the €168.5m paid to 79,000 farmers at this stage in 2019.
Minister McConalogue said the payments were a timely and significant financial boost for farmers and for the wider rural economy.
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.
As in previous years, not all ANC applications are currently cleared for payment.