The IFA Chairman of Rural development, Joe Brady, has confirmed that he has received definite confirmation of the European Commission’s €25million increase to Ireland’s ANC payments.
This increase can be made later this year as part of amendments to the 2014-2020 RDP.
Following his meetings with the Commissions top officials in Belgium last Friday, Mr. Brady confirmed that ““With the possible deferral of the ANC review until 2019 as a result of the recent Farm Council meeting, the commitment to increase payments in 2018 must still be fully honoured by the Government”.
Mr. Brady said that he argued the importance of the ANC scheme and its payments to the Commission. He said it offered significant support to some of the countries smaller farmers on lesser quality, smaller lands. The Chairman of Rural development also informed the Commission of the need for rates paid to reflect the natural handicap of land.
He said any proposed deferral of the review of the scheme until 2019 should not deflect from the IFA’s clear message on the topic, at meetings in recent months.
These aims include foe all areas currently designated as ANC to be protected in said review, for all cuts imposed in 2009 to be fully restored to ensure overall allocation for the scheme reaches €250m, and finally for payment rates to increase and, as previously mentioned, to reflect the natural handicap of different lands.
He also stated that funding for the ANC scheme will be one of the focal elements in the IFA’s pre-budget submission for 2018.