West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Donnelly welcomes decision on SFP entitlements

Published: 16 April, 2014

Mid Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Sean Donnelly has welcomed the decision by Agriculture Minister Michelle O Neill to allow SFP entitlements to be allocated in 2015 to those who never previously held Single Farm Payment entitlements.

Cllr Donnelly's comments were made after the Minister responded to an Assembly question where she stated,

"I have decided to implement the optional provision in the CAP Reform legislation which will allow entitlements to be allocated in 2015 to those who never previously held Single Farm Payment entitlements but who can submit verifiable evidence that on 15th May 2013, they produced, reared or grew agricultural products.

"This decision will allow those businesses that commenced farming after 2005 but which would not qualify as new entrants under the regional reserve to receive entitlements under the Basic Payment Scheme.

Cllr Donnelly concluded,

"This is one of the most positive developments of the CAP Reform and will help to encourage new farmers, particularly young people, into the industry. I have met many farmers who are farming without SFP entitlements and, given the pressures faced by the industry it is a huge testament to their hard work and dedication that they are surviving."