ANC payments arrive for 12,000 Galway farmers

Michael Creed: More paid out due to online efficiency.
Michael Creed: More paid out due to online efficiency.

ANC or ‘headage’ monies are arriving this week to about 12,000 Co. Galway farmers this week – the payments normally coincide with the National Ploughing Championships and were announced on Tuesday morning by Agriculture Minister, Michael Creed at Screggan, Tullamore.

Nationally, around 75,000 farmers will benefit from ANC (areas of natural constraint) payments, which is up about €20m on last year due to the greater efficiency of the on-line applications system, according to Minister Creed.

Minister Creed said that the ANC Scheme was an important support for farmers in many regions of the county, and he was delighted to announce that payments had now (Tuesday morning last) started to issue.

“My Department will continue to process remaining cases for payment as a matter of urgency over the coming weeks.

“In addition, the increased uptake of online applications under the 2017 ANC and BPS (Basic Payment Scheme) schemes continues to bring benefits for farmers and my department, in terms of more efficient processing of applications.

“This trend will continue as we move towards 100% online applications from 2018,” said Minister Creed.

IFA Deputy President, Richard Kennedy, said that the ANC money was a vital payment at this time, particularly given the very difficult weather conditions over the past month,” said Richard Kennedy.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.