The Northern Ireland Assembly is in Recess until the 30th of August. The Business Committee will meet on the 1st of September and the First Plenary Sitting is the 7th of September.

Advance Part-Payment to Farmers to be Implemented

Session: 2007/2008

Date: 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

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