€25m boost for ANC
Mr Creed confirmed the proposal must go to the EU Commission as part of an amendment to the 2014-2020 Rural Development Plan.
Payments under the 2018 scheme are due to get under way in September.
“The allocation of the additional €25m can only be finalised and implemented when the relevant amendment to Ireland’s RDP is approved by the Commission,” a spokesman said. Once an amendment is lodged, formal discussions with DG Agri will get under way.
The spokesman warned it can be a “lengthy process”.
Around 95,000 farmers working some of the most marginal land in the country benefit from the ANC payments.
For the first 10ha of mountain land, the payments will increase by 23pc from €109.72 to €135; the more severe land will see the monies rise 8pc from €95.99 to €104 while a 7pc increase will be given for the less severe land up from €82.27 to €88.25.