Tuesday 31 July 2012
Two thirds of the 6,900 farmers in the Agri Environment Options Scheme 2 (AEOS2) will receive 75% of their payments under the scheme next week, Minister Simon Coveney has announced.
Under EU rules, administrative checks for all applications had to be completed before the first payments could issue.
"The 75% payment for 2011 will be issued to over 4,000 farmers whose applications are cleared at this stage, with the 25% payable later in the year," the Minister said.
There are outstanding issues with over 2,000 applications which must be resolved before these applications can be cleared for payment.
The Minister explained that 'Department officials will be in contact with farmers regarding outstanding issues.
I would like to remind farmers to respond immediately in order that the applications can be cleared for payment as quickly as possible'.
Pre-printed capital investment forms will issue over the next two weeks to farmers who undertook capital investments under AEOS 2.
The Minister encouraged farmers to return these forms by the required date to facilitate year two payments. He said that payments in respect of 2012 would start later in the year.
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