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Donegal has lowest farm payment 12.03.13

FARMERS in Donegal have the lowest Single Farm Payment in the country, according to figures revealed by Marian Harkin MEP. "Last time out, counties like Donegal fared very badly with an average of 179 per hectare, the lowest in the country. There was however a certain rebalancing with pillar two or rural development payments," she said. "While these payments helped to narrow the gap somewhat in the first few years, the subsequent severe cuts to pillar two schemes such as REPS, Disadvantaged Areas, Suckler Cow Welfare Scheme cut many farmers in Donegal off at the knees. This has left many farmers struggling to survive and this time out Donegal must not lose out like the last time in pillar one payments," she added.
"The last time out some farmers secured a substantial Single Farm Payment, while others were left behind. I would not support a complete flattening of the payment which would give every farmer an average payment of approx 260 per/ha but we need to move from a situation where some farmers receive payments of 600 to over 1000 per/ ha while others have to survive on payments as low as 30 to 150 per/ha.
"We also need a commitment from the Minister that he will fully co-fund pillar two payments and that he will push to ensure a meaningful agreement on coupling. This will help to ensure the viability of the suckler and sheep sector," she added.
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