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O’Neill Confirms Lathest Checks In Processing Of 2015 Single Application Forms

Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has confirmed that DARD has begun a check of all 2015 Single Application Forms (SAFs) aimed at ensuring that only those businesses that are genuinely separate are able to access funding under the new area-based schemes. Earlier this year the Minister announced that tighter controls were…

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Minister Urges Farmers To Provide Bank Account Details For SFP Payments

Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has urged farmers claiming Single Farm Payment to ensure that they have provided bank account details to her Department to enable payment. In 2014, over 700 farm businesses do not have valid bank account details registered with DARD. This information is critical to the payment of…

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Extension To SFP Entitlements Trading Deadline

Agriculture Minister, Michelle O’Neill today announced an extension to the 2014 Single Farm Payment trading of entitlements deadline. The Minister said: “This extension of the deadline from 2 April 2014 to 2 May 2014 is in response to a significant increase in interest in entitlement trading this year. It is intended to give…

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O’Neill Announces Record Year For SFP

Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has highlighted the high proportion of Single Farm Payments (SFP) cases that will be paid by the end of February this year. A total of 36,817 payments have been finalised, representing 96% of all claimants, and over £255.9million by value, which exceeds the Department’s February targets…

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Estimated Reduction In The Face Value Of SFP Entitlements

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development today announced a reduction in the face value of SFP entitlements that will be applied in 2014. EU Regulations adopted in December 2013 set out changes that have to be implemented in 2014 prior to the introduction of CAP Reform from 2015. Part…

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New Inspection Process Delays Farm Payments Says Stormont Committee

THE Stormont Agricultural Committee which oversees the work of DARD has today voiced concerns that a new farm inspection process has resulted in payment delays to local farmers. Members are further concerned that farmers, whose land was inspected using the new process, were not informed in advance. Rogers calls on Agriculture…

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NIAPA Chairman’s New Year Message For 2014 And Comment on SFP

A statement from NIAPA Chairman Michael Clarke: We are entering the new year with a new CAP budget and the usual consultation process regarding expenditure and also ANC. The importance of direct payments to farms is shown in the annual statistical review published by DARD and while those not involved…

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O’Neill Consults on SFP/LFACA Dual Use Claims

A public consultation has commenced on a proposal for managing separate claimants to the Single Farm Payment and the Less Favoured Area Compensatory Allowances Schemes on a single land parcel – commonly referred to as dual use claims.  SFP/LFACA dual use claims have existed in the north since the start…

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