Farm payments worth €117m will be issued on target, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has confirmed.
Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said the €117m in payments under the 2015 Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme have started issuing on schedule.
“These payments represent a significant financial boost for both the individual farmer who will receive these payments and also for the wider rural economy,” he said.
The minister said payments will continue to issue as individual cases are confirmed eligible for payment. It is expected that in the region of 57,000 eligible farmers will receive their payments in the coming days.
Mr Coveney added: “2015 saw the introduction of the new Basic Payment Scheme, the Greening Payment, GLAS and many more Pillar II Schemes.
"A significant number of farmers will be paid within the next few weeks as newly introduced processes are finalised.”
The minister also confirmed arrangements are on target to facilitate payment of the advance of 70% of the Basic Payment Scheme from October 16, with balancing payments issuing from December 1, he said he was mindful of the need to support farmers in the current challenging times.
Referring to protein crops, Minister Coveney also welcomed the 300% increase in the production of protein crops (peas, beans and lupins) in Ireland in 2015 following the introduction of a coupled Protein Aid Scheme.
“I am very pleased to announce that, in order to fully utilise the €3 million set-aside for this Scheme, I have increased the rate of aid that will apply in 2015 from €250 to €280 per hectare,” said Minister Coveney.
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