McMullan welcomes £154 million CAP payments
Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has welcomed the announcement that £154 million in CAP payments have already been issued to farmers.
Mr McMullan said;
"This is the start of the roll-out of this year's CAP payments and almost 18,000 payments totalling £154 million have been issued to local farmers.
"These payments will be particularly welcomed by our local farmers coming at the end of a tough year for the industry.
"I want to congratulate the minister for processing these payments so quickly, despite changes to the system with the introduction of a new set of schemes.
"The speed of these payments also shows the benefits of farmers applying online and I would encourage all farmers who can apply online to do so.
"This announcement by the minister today is part of Sinn Féin's commitment to supporting and encouraging our farmers and those involved in the agriculture industry."