Fine Gael Clare TD Joe Carey, has said that beef and sheep farmers in Clare are to receive payments this week, bringing to €63.027 million the total amount of funding received by County Clare farmers this year.
Deputy Carey said: “Clare beef and sheep farmers are to receive payments this week under the Beef Genomics Scheme and the Grassland Sheep Scheme. Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, has announced €1.67 million for Clare beef farmers and €97,000 for Clare sheep farmers.
“This funding will no doubt be welcome in what has been a difficult year for beef farmers in particular.
“The payments going out this week bring to just over €63 million the total amount of funding going to Clare farmers this year. This includes Single Farm Payments, the Agri-Environment Options Scheme I and II (AEOS), the Rural Environment Protection Scheme (REPS) and the Disadvantaged Area Scheme (DAS).
“Agriculture is the lifeblood of the Clare economy and this Government is committed to supporting our farmers. We will continue to provide these crucial supports for farmers and incentivise increased productivity.
“2015 is set to be a really promising year for farmers with the abolition of milk quotas in April and the opening up of new markets for Irish beef including the United States. There is also great potential in the future for Irish famers in China, following a really successful Irish trade mission there this year,” concluded Deputy Carey.