The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) continue to recognise the need for intervention and have just shared some good news on The Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) scheme with Minister Charlie McConalogue announcing the commencement of intervention payments to 95,000 farmers totalling €238 million for distribution.
He also emphasised the scheme’s significance in supporting farmers nationwide, he stressed the government’s commitment to timely disbursements, crucial for farmers, with payments expected in their bank accounts shortly.
The Minister stated:
“I have also given the commitment through the Farmer’s Charter that payments in 2024 will return to the traditional date of the third week of September, which is the week of the Ploughing Championships”.
Furthermore, Minister McConalogue’s department confirmed arrangements for the Basic Income Support for Sustainability Scheme (BISS) balancing payments, scheduled to commence from December 4, 2023, further ensuring financial support for farmers. This together with Complementary Redistribution of Income Support (CRISS) brings the total payments under the 2023 Scheme to €749 million and benefiting 113,911 farmers.
These announcements also include the payments under the 2023 Complementary Income Support for Young Farmers (CIS-YF), which will be welcomed by participant farmers under the age of 40 and can be paid to eligible farmers for up to 5 years.
Minister McConalogue commented: “I am pleased that payments under the CIS-YF are also being issued as these payments play a crucial role in supporting young farmers.”
For more information about the intervention payments, please visit gov.ie – Schemes and Payments (www.gov.ie)