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Welcome for Single Farm Payment Speed Up

13 April, 2012 - by Oliver McMullan

Sinn Féin Agriculture spokesperson Oliver McMullan MLA has welcomed the announcement by Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill to speed up Single Farm Payments.

Mr McMullan said,

“Many farmers depend of the Single Farm Payment to keep their heads above water and at times the bureaucracy surrounding the payments mean that many farmers are waiting months for their grants.

“I welcome the news that Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has announced measures to improve the application and speed up the time between applying and receiving the grant.

“I also welcome the fact that the Minister is to meet with senior bank officials to explain the delay in payments and ensure that farmers who are awaiting the grant are not unfairly penalised by the banks.” 

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