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    Call for Increased ANC Payment

    That Sligo Co Co call on the Department of Agriculture for on increased ANC Payment, as my understanding is that there could be a considerable underspend (possibly in excess of €100m) in the Rural Development Program (budget of €580m) which I am asking be now paid out to farmers in the form of a second Areas of Natural Constraint Payment (ANC). This money would go some way towards covering losses farmers are now experiencing through poor market prices and increased costs resulting from poor weather this summer/autumn and Brexit related issues.

    It is my understanding that there could be a considerable underspend (possibly in excess of €100m) in the Rural Development Program (budget of €580m) which I am asking be now paid out to farmers in the form of a second Areas of Natural Constraint Payment (ANC). The original budget for the ANC Scheme of €195m is paid to farmers in light of a recognised constraint on their land and would be paid to all Sligo farmers. The average payment made in Sligo would be just under €2500 and a second payment would average €1300.

    This money would go some way towards covering losses farmers are now experiencing through poor market prices and increased costs resulting from poor weather this summer/autumn and Brexit related issues. The problems Dairy farmers have experienced over the last year has being well highlighted but the two other major farming sectors namely Beef & Sheep are also experiencing major difficulties. Beef prices continue to fall and for farmers selling weanlings (which there a lot of in Sligo) they are seeing prices back at least €100/head. For Sheep farmers factory prices are presently at their lowest in over 5 years at €4.40/kg with a concern that this will fall. Adding to all of this is an increased cost for these farmers through meal and bedding with straw almost €10/round bale dearer than last year.

    Farmers in Sligo and through out the west are under major financial pressure resulting from all this and we need to get money to them asap. An ANC top-up is the fastest and easiest way of doing this and as the money is already included in the Governments budget I believe it can be delivered on the instruction of the Minister for Agriculture.

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