Fine Gael Kildare North TD, Anthony Lawlor, has strongly welcomed the decision by the EU Commission to bring forward the awarding of the Single Farm Payment (SFP), following representations made to the EU Commission by the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney.
Farmers will now be able to draw down 50% of their SFP from 16th October instead of having to wait until December as previously intended.
“The Single Farm Payment forms an increasingly significant part of farmers’ annual income. The news that this payment will be available two months earlier than originally planned will make a big difference for farmers in Kildare North.
“Minister Coveney made a strong case at the recent meeting of the Council of Ministers for the payment to be brought forward and, in doing so, showed himself to be in tune with the challenges that farmers are facing.”
“In the current economic climate, the SFP has become increasingly important, especially considering the difficulties people are having accessing credit. Cash-flow is paramount for farmers, particularly those on low incomes, and the timing of these payments is extremely important.
“Farmers are more and more reliant on the SFP to subsidise the running costs of their farms. Very often the payment constitutes an amount greater than the net farm income.”
Fine Gael Press Office