Press Release

Advance Part-Payment to Farmers to be Implemented

Session: 2007/2008

Date: Tuesday, 03 June 2008

The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development today welcomed Department for Agriculture’s decision to commence advance part-payments to farmers participating in the Farm Management Nutrient. This decision follows a recommendation made by the Committee in March of this year.

Speaking after the Committee meeting, the Chairman, Dr William McCrea, said:

“I am delighted that the Department has considered our recommendation and agreed to implement it. This takes a bit of financial pressure of those farmers participating in the scheme and will allow them to progress the necessary works and receive up to 50% of their grant in advance of the approval inspections.

“The Committee is delighted to have played such a central part in securing this concession from the Department and calls on it to ensure that valid claims are processed with all haste.”

ENDS


Notes to Editors:

Membership of the Agriculture & Rural Development Committee is as follows:

Chairperson: Dr. William McCrea
Deputy Chairperson: Mr. Tom Elliott

Committee Members: Mr. P.J. Bradley, Mr. Allan Bresland, Mr. Thomas Burns, Mr. Trevor Clarke, Mr. Willie Clarke, Mr. William Irwin, Mr. Pat Doherty, Mr. Francie Molloy, Mr. George Savage

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