Advance payment for 3,747 Wexford farmers

By Dan Walsh

Advance payments under the 2020 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), worth €34.857 million to 3,747 County Wexford farmers commenced yesterday (Monday).

Crops growing in the shadow of Vinegar Hill

Welcoming the news Wexford TD and Minister of State for Law Reform told; “These payments are a vital support for County Wexford farmers and contribute greatly to maximising income and cash flow in the sector in what has been a very challenging year for farmers.”

The Minister continued; “The BPS advance payment is commencing today at the earliest date possible under EU Regulations.  The payment is set at a rate of 70%, which is an increase on the 50% normally allowed under regulation.”

Payments under the 2020 Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme (ANC) which started in September are also continuing as more cases are cleared for payment.  The Minister added that “the advance BPS payment and the advance ANC payments taken together mean that some €974 million has now issued to Irish farmers in the last month.”

“Given the central importance of the many schemes currently in place, the Department of Agriculture has recently written to all Wexford farmers outlining the payment schedule over the coming months for these schemes”, Minister Browne concluded.

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