Northern Ireland farmers currently operating in a disadvantaged area (DA) and in receipt of Less Favoured Area Compensatory Allowance (LFACA) are likely to find themselves excluded from future payments targeted at less productive land in Northern Ireland.

The change is part of a process of re-designating less favoured areas (LFA) across Europe using bio-physical criteria such as soil, climate and slope. The areas are to be renamed areas of natural constraint (ANC).