Farm payments have been well received by members, says UFU

UFU deputy president David Brown on his farm in Fermanagh. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) says 98 percent of farmers in Northern Ireland received Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) support in the first week of September and it has provided a huge boost to family farms.

UFU president David Brown said, “It is extremely positive that many of our members received their direct payment in the first few days of September. I would like to thank DAERA for their efforts to ensure farmers received this necessary financial support that is crucial to the daily running of family farms. This year to date has thrown many challenges at our members from unpredictable weather to falling farm gate prices. This payment will assist farmers cash flow, helping to sustain farm businesses as they continue to produce quality food to the highest standards.”