Sinn Féin East Derry MLA Cathal Ó hOisín has welcomed DARD Minister Michelle O Neill’s confirmation that over £20 million will be distributed in the coming days for the 2016 Area of Natural Constraint (ANC) payments.
Mr. Ó hÓisín said “this will prove a significant boost to the rural economy, particularly to those farmers in less favoured areas, who face constraints in farming practices.”
“I welcome also that the Minister has said that 95% of payments will be made by the end of March. The payment rates for 2016 are set at £56.47 per hectare in severly disadvantaged area up to 200 hectares,with the rate thereafter reducing to £42.35 per hectare.”
Mr. Ó hOisín added “nearly 10,000 farmers will benefit from these payments and the speed of payments reflect the number of claims submitted online, via DARDs online system on the 2015 payments.”Crioch