DAERA Pays £85 Million In Direct Payments On Day One

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has announced that full or balance Direct Payments have issued to 97% of farm businesses on day one of the December 2018 payment window.

This is the highest performance across all regions of the United Kingdom, with payments totalling £85 million issuing today.

DAERA’s Director of Area Based Schemes, Dr Jason Foy, said: “The Department is acutely aware of the importance of timely Direct Payments to farmers and making a full or balance payment to 97% of farm businesses, totalling £85 million, on day one of the December payment window is an excellent achievement.”

It is expected that payments will begin to reach farmers’ bank accounts from today, with payments continuing on a daily basis throughout December.