Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins has stated that payments under the Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme will provide a much-needed boost for farmers in Co, Roscommon.
Senator Hopkins stated: “My colleague, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD has informed me that €9,598,459.84 is to be provided to 4,494 Roscommon farmers under the Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme 2017.
“However, I am very concerned that 1,092 farmers have not yet been paid. From speaking with many of these farmers, the difficulties pertain to mapping issues and meeting stocking density requirements. I would strongly encourage those farmers to work with their advisors and the Dept. in providing all necessary information.”
Senator Hopkins said she has urged Minister Creed to ensure that the Dept. do everything possible to make sure payments are issued as quickly as possible.