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Minister Coughlan announces the issue of Annual Payment Statements to farmers for 2007

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Mary Coughlan T.D., announced today that over 141,000 Annual Payment Statements for the year 2007 will issue to farmers around the country over the next few days. The Minister said that the Statement gives details to each farmer of all payments made to him/her by the Department during the period 1st January 2007 to 31st December 2007.

The total value of the payments recorded on the Statements is €2.213 billion and represents a massive contribution to farm incomes and to investment in the sector. The main elements of expenditure were the Single Payments Scheme €1,298 million, REPS €311 million, Income Supports in Disadvantaged Area €254 million, on-farm investment grants, including the Farm Waste Management Scheme €114 million, Afforestation €83 million and payments under the Early Retirement Scheme of €53 million.

The Minister added that the Payment Statement has proven in previous years to be a very useful document and she asked that farmers retain it carefully for future reference.

Note for Editors

The annual payments statement has issued to each farmer each year following representations for such a statement by the farming organisations a number of years ago. Feedback from farmers who look for a copy of the statement indicate that the statement is widely used for in making income tax returns, applications for loans etc.

The table below provides some additional information on a provincial basis on the number of farmers paid and the overall value of payments issued in 2007.



Overall Payments per Province

Total No. of Recipients

No of Statements with value > = €10,000

Average payment/Recipient/Province

Ulster 245,409,890 18,637 7849 13,168
Connaught 475,558,730 41,260 16478 19,514
Leinster 686,978,870 34,644 18856 19,830
Munster 805,153,750 46,766 25975 17,217

Overall Payments Nationally

Total No. of Recipients Nationally

No of Statements with value > = €10,000

Average payment/Recipient/Nationally

2,213,101,231 141,307 69158 15,662

Date Released: 21 February 2008