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Coveney Announces €93 million in REPS and AEOS Payments Before Christmas

97% of all eligible cases paid their Single Farm Payments to date

 

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, announced today that AEOS and REPS payments are to commence immediately.  “REPS and AEOS payments will begin this week and in excess of €93 million will be paid out before the end of the year”, the Minister said.

The Minister explained that these payments are being made following the completion of detailed verification checks by his Department, which are required under EU regulations.

Agri-environment schemes such as AEOS and REPS are important components in the support of farmers who have undertaken a variety of measures which reflect the increasing concern for conservation, landscape protection and wider environmental issues. The schemes are designed to help protect wildlife habitats, endangered species of flora and fauna and the broader rural environment and underpin the production of quality food in an environmentally friendly manner.

The Minister concluded by saying “This will bring the total payments under these two schemes for 2014 to more than €176 million in total.  This is a key component in the overall support package for Irish farmers and for the valuable indigenous agri-food industry.”

In addition to REPS and AEOS payments issuing this week over 118,000 farmers have also received the balance of their SFP payments. Minister Coveney noted “over €1.1 billion in payments have been made under the SFP in 2014, this represents 97% of all cases eligible for payment”.

 

View Press Release as a PDF: DAFMPR 188/2014 (pdf 643Kb) 

Date Released: 03 December 2014