Sinn Féin Agriculture spokesperson Oliver McMullan MLA has welcomed the announcement that the paying out of the Single Farm Payment will commence in December.
Mr. McMullan stated,
“I welcome the announcement by the Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill that the over 80% of the Single Farm Payment will be paid out before Christmas.
“Many farmers depend on the Single Farm Payment to make ends meet so I am pleased that the vast majority of payments will be in the banks this December.
“I would congratulate the Minister in introducing new measures that has allowed for the payment to begin earlier this year with a finishing target of May 2013.
“I am sure that the Department is working hard to ensure that those claims which have not been authorised yet are sorted in the quickest time possible.
“I would appeal to those farmers who are experiencing difficulties to be patient and work with the Department to resolve any outstanding issues, so that they can receive their Single Farm Payment as soon as possible.”