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January 21, 2009

Kildare Farmers to Benefit from REPS4 Payments


Kildare farmers will benefit from the first round of payments under REPS 4 next week according to local Fianna Fail TD Michael Fitzpatrick.

“Under new EU rules all administrative checks have to be completed before the first payments can be issued.

“Farmers should be aware that applications on the eREPS system speed up the new checks required by the EU. The Minister for Agriculture has informed me that a quarter of the applications were paper applications and required manual checks which was understandably slower.”

“Those applications not requiring correction will be paid out first. However, a significant number of applications have contained errors and omissions and this is slowing down payments to farmers. I will be in discussion with the Minister for Agriculture, Brendan Smith regarding this issue as I know he is keen to ensure that the application process is amended in a manner that will minimise these errors to ensure that farmers get payments as speedily as possible,” concluded Deputy Fitzpatrick.