€17.5 m in Disadvantaged payments

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News that €17.5 million has started issuing to farmers in County Galway in respect of the Disadvantaged Area Scheme was welcomed this week by East Galway TD Paul Connaughton.
‘This is a hugely important payment for the 8.459 farmers in Galway to whom it is issuing and I am glad to note that the payments are being made on schedule,’ said Deputy Connaughton. ‘Many farmers are hugely dependant on this payment and the on-time payment of the Scheme is a very important function of the Department of Agriculture. The Department anticipates that due to the large volume of payments due, it will take about a week for all payments to issue.
‘Nationally, almost €150 million is being paid to 71,500 farmers and the payment represents a significant injection of much-needed funds into rural areas of County Galway.
‘I understand that many farmers have been deemed ineligible for this payment because of stocking provisions and I would urge those affected in County Galway who believe that they are eligible to present their horse passports or sheep registers to the Department or to contact me directly about the matter.
‘Farming is certainly the economic backbone of county Galway and the Disadvantaged Area Scheme payments are a hugely important element in the cashflow of local rural economies. I am glad to note that more farmers are now being paid on time. Last year 58,000 farmers were paid in the first tranche of payments, this year it is up to 71,500. I am also glad to note that Minister Coveney has confirmed that arrangements are on target to allow payment of the first half of the Single Payment with effect from 16th October, this news will be welcomed by all farmers and all involved in agri business.
‘This Government is committed to rebuilding a sustainable and robust rural economy and the on-time payment of various schemes is one important function in terms of cashflow for individual farmers and the rural economy.’