The payments, totalling £182.7million, were issued to 22,493 farm businesses, an increase of 1,382 on 2016 payments.
This record number of advance payments, which builds on the achievements of last year, has been made possible due to the significant increase in the number of farmers submitting their Single Application online, 99% in 2017. Claims made online are faster, more secure and more accurate. Advance payments could only be made on fully verified claims and the Department successfully obtained permission from the European Commission to make advance payments at 70% of claim value rather than 50%.
The number of businesses subject to a land inspection and which received an advance payment has more than trebled, from 258 in 2016 to 818 in 2017.
The Department has made a particular effort to issue advance payments to businesses affected by the flooding of 22/23 August 2017, with 92% of the affected businesses receiving payment.
Northern Ireland remains the only region of the United Kingdom to issue advance payments.
Balance payments, or full payments for those unable to receive an advance payment, will be made from 1 December 2017.
Notes to editors
- The exchange rate for 2017 is €1 = £0.89470
- Direct Payments in the UK are paid in sterling except where the farmer elects for payment in Euro by the deadline for submission of Single Applications.
- Payments will be made in the chosen currency by electronic transfer into the farm business bank account.
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