UFU comment on issuing of direct payments

Friday, 15 October, 2021

The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) says it is good news that direct payments totalling £301,755,000, will be issued to Northern Ireland (NI) farmers on the first day of payments, 18 October. The announcement was made today by Agriculture Minister, Edwin Poots.

UFU president Victor Chestnutt said, “It will be well received by our members that payments will be paid to 23,393 NI farmers next Monday. This equates to 98 percent of eligible applicants and includes 91 percent of farm businesses that were selected to undergo inspection.”

It was revealed at the Balmoral Show 2021, that this year’s payments have increased by 6.29 percent.

“The payments are crucial in helping to sustain family farming businesses across NI. This year’s increase will help elevate financial pressures due to rising input costs ensuring farmers can continue to produce the high-quality, environmentally friendly food we all expect.”