Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has welcomed the announcement of the value of Basic Payment Scheme entitlements and Young Farmers Top-Up Rate for 2015 by Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill.
Speaking from Brussels, Ms Anderson said,
“The Minister has today announced that the 2019 Regional Average entitlement under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) (including the Greening Payment) will be €330.42 per hectare and the rate for Young Farmers’ Payment in 2015 will be €81.28 per hectare.
“All BPS entitlements will converge towards the Regional Average entitlement value in equal steps over the next seven years. The BPS entitlement ceiling has been scaled back by 3.30% to provide funding for the Regional Reserve, which is mainly used to allocate entitlements to farm businesses which qualify as new entrants or young farmers.
“The Young Farmers’ Payment will help to safeguard the development of a well skilled and professional farming industry.
“Sinn Féin has been consistent in our supporting of young farmers and in turn providing a sustainable and viable future for one of our most valuable indigenous industries.
“I commend the Minister on this and I encourage those who are receiving their entitlement notification letters this week to engage with Department during this process.” ENDS