Feighan welcomes €154m in DAS payments

Deputy Feighan has welcomed €154m in Disadvantaged Areas Scheme payments to farmers, announced by Agriculture Minister, Simon Coveney.

Deputy Feighan has welcomed €154m in Disadvantaged Areas Scheme payments to farmers, announced by Agriculture Minister, Simon Coveney.

“The 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme will start issuinn on Wednesday, September 26th and this funding will provide a significant boost to rural economies,” Deputy Feighan said adding, “the initial run of payments also include a sizeable number being made to farmers who successfully applied for derogation from the revised stocking density requirement, included as part of the range of technical adjustments necessitated by budgetary requirements. “

Minister Coveney has confirmed that payments will continue to issue as individual cases are confirmed eligible for payment. While farmers who have yet to satisfy the average stocking density of 0.15 livestock units per forage hectare for the year have the remaining months of the year to do so, such cases can only be cleared for payment once this requirement has been confirmed.

“I am glad to note that, accrording to the Minister, progress in processing the derogation applications is proceeding apace, with decisions already made on almost 4,000 cases, with a further 950 applicants having been requested to submit additional documentation,” said Deputy Feighan adding that the Appeals Committee will be up and running shortly for those who wish to avail of this option.