Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Ceisteanna (391)

Lisa Chambers

Ceist:

391. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason for the delay in ANC payments; when payments will issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38344/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

There is no delay in making ANC payments.

In accordance with changes to EU Regulations which came into effect in 2019, payments under the ANC scheme will now be delivered in two instalments, with 85% advance payments issuing initially and a 15% balancing payment issuing from early December.

Payments under the 2019 Scheme commenced on schedule last week. To date, payments of over €169 million have issued to some 79,000 farmers. Some 2,000 additional farmers received payment in the first tranche of payments in 2019 when compared to 2018.

Additional weekly payment runs are in place to ensure additional cases that become clear for payment receive their payment as soon as possible.