A total of almost €1.73bn was paid to farmers from mid-September until year-end under 2020 schemes, the Department of Agriculture has confirmed.

The payments are a vital support for farmers across the country and contribute greatly to maximising income and cashflow in the sector in what was a very challenging year for farmers.

Cork farmers took the biggest slice of the funds, receiving €198,317,294, followed by Galway and Mayo receiving €142,942,790 and €126,500,470 respectively.


The most lucrative of the funds was the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), paying €1,149,519,142 to farmers during the fourth quarter of 2020.

The BPS was followed by Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) and the Green, Low-Carbon, Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS), worth €241,643,403 and €163,292,253 respectively.

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