€25m boost for ANC

Irish Independent - Farming - - ANAL­Y­SIS -

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.

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