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Minister McConalogue announces issuing of Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme balancing payments

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, T.D., today announced the commencement of balancing payments for the 2022 Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) scheme.

The Minister stated that:

“The ANC Scheme is an important support for farmers in many regions of the country and the issue of these balancing payments on time reflects the recognition by the Government of this. The total paid to-date under the 2022 ANC Scheme amounts to some €239 million paid to 95,000 farmers. In the region of €42 million will issue to farmers as part of this balancing run of payments.

The Minister concluded,

“The timely processing of scheme payments remains a key priority for me and my Department. I know how crucial payments are, especially at this time of the year.  I urge any farmer with outstanding queries to respond to the Department as soon as possible to facilitate payment”.

Regular payment runs will continue to be made under the 2022 ANC scheme as further cases are cleared for payment.

Farmers wishing to contact the Department regarding their ANC payment, can ring the Direct Payments Helpline at 057-8674422. Farmers can also submit any queries they may have online via, where a detailed breakdown of payments can also be accessed.