IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy said the Department of Agriculture had a good hit on payments to farmers across the country this week.

He said 110,500 farmers have received €722m in Basic Payments and Greening in the last few days.

Richard Kennedy said that in view of the income difficulties across all of the main farming sectors this year, it is essential payments are made in a speedy and efficient manner.  He said that the Department has confirmed they will continue to make payment runs twice weekly over the coming weeks.

He said it is very important that the Department of Agriculture deals with any problems in order to resolve and clear outstanding cases.

Richard Kennedy said the Department has opened up a new telephone helpdesk which can be contacted at 076-106-4420. This helpline is open from 9am to 8.30pm on weekdays and from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays.