Deputy Noel Coonan has welcomed the decision by the EU Commission to bring forward the awarding of the Single Payment Scheme (SPS), following representations made to the EU Commission by the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney.
Farmers will now be able to draw down 50 per cent of their SPS from October 16 instead of having to wait until December as previously intended. The remaining 50 per cent will be paid from December 1.
“The Single Payment Scheme forms an increasingly significant part of farmers’ annual income. The news that this payment will be available two months earlier than originally planned will make a big difference for farmers in Tipperary.
““Farmers have had to deal with significant challenges this year including adverse weather conditions during the first half of the year and the advance payment of the Single Payment will be of significant assistance to them,” he said.