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Minister McConalogue announces the commencement of Balancing Payments under the 2021 Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, T.D., today announced the commencement of balancing payments under the 2021 Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) scheme.

The Minister stated, “I’m delighted to be able to commence balancing payments under the ANC. The balancing payments today brings the total paid to-date under the 2021 ANC Scheme to €239 million paid to 95,000 farmers.”

The Minister added, “The ANC Scheme is a crucial support for farm families throughout the country. The allocation of €250 million to the ANC scheme in 2021 reflects the Government’s commitment to supporting farmers’ incomes. I have also secured €250 million for the ANC scheme next year as part of Budget 2022, which guarantees payments for eligible farmers.”

The Minister concluded, “Over €1.53 billion has been paid out by my Department since September 2021 under the Basic Payment Scheme, ANC, GLAS, TAMS, Organic Farming Scheme, Young Farmer Scheme and Sheep Welfare Scheme. The timely processing of payments across schemes remains a key priority for my Department.”

Regular payment runs will continue to be made under the 2021 ANC scheme as further cases are cleared for payment. Any farmer with outstanding queries from the Department should respond as soon as possible in order to facilitate the issuing of payments.