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"DARD has delievered another record payment performance for SFP" - Lynch

Published: 2 March, 2015

Sinn Féin MLA Seán Lynch has congratulated the DARD Minister Michelle O'Neill on the efficient processing of Single Farm Payments for Fermanagh/South Tyrone applicants.

In reply to a question submitted to the DARD Minister, Mr Lynch says,

"Following a number of enquiries from constituents about Single Farm Payments, I wrote to the Minister and I am really pleased with her response.

"4,795 of 5,077 claims from farm businesses in the Fermanagh and South Tyrone constituency have been finalised, which equates to 94%. A total of £37.7 million has been paid and out of the 282 outstanding claims, 77 have been subject to inspection. This is remarkably low number at this stage in the processing cycle and the Minister and her department must be congratulated.

"The Department has delivered another record payment performance for the 2014 Single Farm Payment year. In December 2014, 95% of claims overall were finalised for payment, exceeding a target of 93%. A total of £234.6 million was paid to farmers in December.

"To date, 98% of claims have been finalised for payment and £245.8 million has been paid out with the lowest number of outstanding claims that there has ever been. Agriculture is a vital sector in rural constituencies like Fermanagh and South Tyrone and therefore sufficient payment is essential.

The Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA continues,

"The Department is continuing to finalise the remaining claims as quickly as possible and it is anticipated that all remaining inspection cases will be processed for payment by the end of March 2015.

"Although a number of the outstanding claims are due to factors outside the Department's control I would encourage as many people as possible to attend the DARD public meeting this Thursday 5th March in the Donn Carragh Hotel at 7.30pm, where there will be opportunities to present questions to the Minister and senior DARD officials." ENDS