Welcome for Minister action on Single Farm Payments
Published: 17 April, 2012
Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has welcomed the announcement by Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill that she intends to speed up Single Farm Payments.
The West Tyrone MLA and member of the Assembly's Agriculture Committee said:
"Many farmers across West Tyrone 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.
Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill has now outlined measures she intends to take to improve the application process 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 to ensure that farmers who are awaiting the grant are not unfairly penalised by the banks and that the banks understand that whilst there may be a delay to certain farmers payments, this does not mean that they will not be receiving it. ENDS"