UFU comment on direct payments

Wednesday, 4 December, 2019

The Ulster Farmers’ Union has described as welcome news confirmation by DAERA that 99 per cent of farmers will soon receive their full direct payments. UFU president, Ivor Ferguson, says that at a costly time of the year for farm businesses the payments of over £280 million represent a significant cash flow boost for farm families.

“We are, quite rightly, frequent critics of DAERA, but over this the department staff deserve credit for getting these payments out so quickly.  The success is also down to farmers who have embraced the concept of making applications online – despite the difficulties of many rural areas still have slow or non-existent broadband services,” he said.

The payments released this week are on top of advance payments in October and November and should be in farm bank accounts by the end of the week.