Sunday 21 October 2012
The winners and losers in the Department of Agriculture's proposals to redistribute direct payments have been revealed.
The Department has been working on a series of models to reduce the effect of the EU Commission's current proposals which would see average gains of 86% for 77,000 farmers and losses of 33% for 55,000 farmers.
Under the model now mooted by the Department, it is estimated that some 65,000 farmers could gain an average of 29% or €1,213 each with 56,000 farmers losing on average 9% or €1,408 each.
Nearly 9,000 would not suffer any change to their payments.
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