Area of Natural Constraint payments to begin in March
West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed confirmation that DARD will commence Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) payments in March.
Mr Mc Aleer said
“On Tuesday at the DARD committee, officials confirmed that payments would commence in March with a target of 95% being paid by the end of the month.
“The scheme designed to help farmers who farm land in mountainous areas.
“Farmers earn £56.47 per hectare for the first 200hectacre, which is reduced to £42.35 for eligible land above 200 hectare.
“The officials also confirmed that approximately 10,000 farmers have applied for this scheme.
“The payment of ANC, is welcome news for the farming community, particularly in the aftermath of the inclement weather they have experienced recently and the many other challenges they are facing, including poor production prices.
“The fact that England and Wales have decided not to implement this scheme to support their farmers underlines the importance of having our own local Minister making decisions in the best interest of hard pressed farmers.
“As such, I commend Minister O Neill for making the decision to implement the ANC scheme which will give much needed support to hard pressed farming families”.