Minister pledge on Single Farm Payments welcomed
Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has welcomed the announcement from the Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill that she intends to begin early processing of Single Farm Payments from October next year.
Mr McAleer said,
“In response my question today, the Minister stated that she intends to put in place a mechanism whereas part of the Single Farm Payments could be paid out in October.
“The Minister needs to be congratulated for achieving her target of having over 95% of payments made in December but many farmers who depend on this subsidy would like it even earlier.
“I am glad that the minister has listened to those concerns and is looking at paying out a section of the payment in October which would alleviate some financial stress from the farmers.
“This however could only be achieved if more farmers use the online application for Single Farm Payments so I would encourage those farmers who have not yet embraced the new technology to do so immediately.”