Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed yesterday (Wednesday) announced that payments worth €168.5 million under the 2019 Areas of Natural/Specific Constraints Scheme and Areas of Specific Constraint (Islands) Scheme, have commenced issuing this week to almost 79,000 farmers. This marks the commencement of the payment of some €1.6bn to Irish farmers under various schemes over the coming months.
Minister Creed said: “I am conscious of the many challenges currently faced by farmers and therefore the importance of the timely delivery of payments under the ANC scheme. With this in mind, in Budget 2019 I secured additional funding of €23 million to bring the overall annual budget for the ANC scheme up to €250 million. This is the second year in a row that the allocation for the ANC Scheme has been substantially increased, and the increased funding has again been targeted at the areas of highest constraint”.