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Mc Aleer welcomes DARD Ministers decision to issue advance SFP payments from October 2016

Published: 4 February, 2016

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has welcomed the announcement from the Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill that she intends to issue 50% of Single Farm Payments in October 2016.
Mr McAleer said,
"In response to a question today the Minister stated that she intends to put in place a mechanism where 50% of the Single Farm Payments could be paid out from 16th October.
"The Minister should also be congratulated for achieving her target of having over 95% of payments made in December but many farmers who depend on this subsidy would like it even earlier.
"I am glad that the minister has listened to those concerns and is looking at paying out a section of the payment in October which would alleviate some financial stress from the farmers. In the Ministers response to my question, she outlined a target of 80% of farmers being paid part of their SFP in October.
"This however could only be achieved if more farmers use the online application for Single Farm Payments so I would encourage those farmers who have not yet embraced the new technology to do so immediately."