November 29, 2021
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Kilkenny farmers working on difficult land to benefit from €3m payout

By COLIN BARTLEY

CLOSE to 1,500 Kilkenny farmers who work with unsuitable farmland are to benefit from a €3 million EU windfall.

An extra 7,000 hectares of Kilkenny farmland has been included in the Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) scheme for 2019.

The ANC scheme provides payments to farmers located in areas facing natural constraints such as difficult climatic conditions, steep slopes, or poor soil quality.

It is the first payment out of €1.6 billion secured in grants for various agricultural schemes Irish farmers are set to benefit from over the coming months.

A total of €3,052,866 has been paid out to 1,474 Kilkenny farmers under the ANC scheme, according to Kilkenny’s Junior Minister, John Paul Phelan.

“I very much welcome this first tranche of payments totalling €3,053,866 to Kilkenny farmers at this time.

“I am conscious of the many challenges currently faced by farmers and therefore the importance of the timely delivery of payments under the ANC scheme.”

Minister Phelan revealed that Agriculture Minister Michael Creed recently secured additional funding of €23 million for the ANC scheme to bring the overall annual budget up to €250 million.

“This is the second year in a row that the allocation for the ANC Scheme has been substantially increased, and the increased funding has again been targeted at the areas of highest constraint.

“The increased budget and higher annual payments represent a timely and significant financial boost for farmers and for the wider rural economy.”

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