Payments worth €185m began issuing to 86,000 farmers on Wednesday, as part of the 2020 Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) scheme. The money represents 85% of an applicant’s 2020 ANC payment, with balancing payments worth 15% due to commence in early December. This change was introduced in 2019 as part of EU legislation.

When announcing the payments, Minister Charlie McConalogue said: “I am conscious of the many challenges faced by farmers during 2020 and the importance of the timely delivery of payments under the ANC scheme.