Balancing payments under the 2019 Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) scheme have now commenced, according to Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed.
The commencement of the ANC balancing payments brings the total paid under the 2019 ANC Scheme to date to almost €238m to some 95,000 farmers.
“I am very aware of the importance to farmers of the ANC Scheme, and the budget for the scheme has been increased again this year to €250m.”
On foot of the requirements set out in EU Regulations, the ANC Scheme is now being paid on the basis of an advance and a balancing payment.
Regular pay runs will continue to be made under the 2019 ANC scheme as further cases are cleared for payment, the Minister confirmed.
‘Timely processing of payments’
Creed also urged any farmers, who have outstanding queries from the Department, to respond as soon as possible in order to facilitate payment.
“The timely processing of payments across schemes remains a key priority for my Department, as I am very aware of the importance of such schemes for the farming community.” he added.