SOUTH Down MLA Chris Hazzard (Sinn Féin) has welcomed the announcement by Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill that the Less Favoured Area Compensatory Allowance (LFACA) will be paid early.
Mr Hazzard said: “The announcement by Minister O’Neill that the Department will begin to pay Less Favoured Area Compensatory Allowance in February is to be welcomed. Farmers in Less Favoured Areas have to work hard to make a living off the land as do all our farmers.
“The maintenance of a cash flow is paramount at this time of year especially when we consider the extra outlay because of the terrible weather conditions.
“The Minister and the Department have worked hard to make this payment early this year and have to be congratulated on the effort to ensure that this and the Single Farm Payments have gone out on time and where there have been delays I can assure farmers that the hard work of speeding these up is being done.”