“I welcome the announcement that advance payments under the Basic Payment Scheme, worth in excess of €56 million to Galway farmers, have commenced today. These payments are a vital support for farmers across the county and contribute greatly to maximising income and cashflow in the sector in what has been a very challenging year for farmers.”
“It is vital to have an efficient issuing of scheme payments to farmers. The BPS advance payment is commencing today at the earliest date possible under EU Regulations. The payment is set at a rate of 70%, which is an increase on the 50% normally allowed under regulation.”
“In order to facilitate farmers wishing to contact the Department regarding their BPS or ANC payments, extended hours are in place for the Direct Payments Helpline. From Monday the 19th of October to Friday the 23rd of October, the Helpdesk will be available to answer farmers queries up to 8.30pm each evening. Farmers can ring the Helpdesk at 076 106 4420. Farmers can also submit any queries they may have online via http://www.agfood.ie ”.
“I will continue to represent farmers in their efforts to maintain farm income in these challenging times.”