Laois Offaly TD Charlie Flanagan has welcomed confirmation from the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, that he is seeking a 50% advance on Single Farm Payments for farmers in October, in light of the impact of the recent inclement weather on farm incomes.
“The recent spell of inclement weather is having a detrimental effect on farmers in Laois. Farmers are being forced to take their cattle indoors and buy feed, as the weather is severely hampering their ability to make silage. This has serious financial implications on all sectors of farming in the county..
“The Irish Farmers Association estimates that the poor weather could cost the agri-food sector up to €100 million this year, which is a severe blow to local rural economies. This is in addition to the extra cost of feed to supplement silage.”
“I welcome the confirmation from Minister Coveney that he is seeking approval from the EU Commissioner to allow for 50% of the Single Farm Payment to be paid in advance. This will come into effect from October 16th, which the Minister has said is the earliest payment date possible, as it is the first day of the new EU financial year.”
“I have asked the Minister to keep a close eye on the situation to ensure that farmers are fully supported during this difficult period.”