Carlow farmers paid €1.4m for working on 'disadvantaged' land, new figures

Total of 600 Carlow applicants paid

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Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed

Carlow farmers have been paid €1.4m for working on "disadvantaged" land, figures for the Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme have revealed. 

The scheme deals with areas of land situated on the mainland which are designated as "disadvantaged" and successful applicants receive subvention from the State. 

Fianna Fail TD Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Agriculture for the number of farmers that have yet to receive ANC payments. 

In a written response, Minister Michael Creed said: "Payments under the 2018 ANC scheme commenced, on schedule, on 18 September 2018 with payments of €185.6 million issuing to some 77,000 applicants.

"To date in excess of €194.4 million has issued to over 80,600 applicants."

A breakdown of the figures revealed that there were 733 applicants under the scheme in Carlow and 600 of those have been paid a total of €1,429,813.94 to date.

Minister Creed said previously that "payments under the ANC scheme are an important support for farmers across the country in addressing cash flow issues and in contributing to the continued growth and development of the Agri-food sector".