Doherty, pictured above with the Minister said “The Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney has announced that the AEOS payments to farmers in Meath are to begin this week, following the completion of detailed verification checks by his Department. These checks are required under EU regulations.
“The scheme is designed to help protect wildlife habitats, endangered species of flora and fauna and the broader rural environment in Meath and underpin the production of quality food in an environmentally friendly manner.
“In total more than €45 million will be paid out to farmers across Ireland before Christmas. This will bring the total paid out on AEOS for the year to in excess of €75 million.
“It follows on from over €5 million paid out to the remaining REPS farmers at the end of November, which brought the total paid in REPS for 2015 to over €30 million for the year.
“These payments will be a welcome boost to farmers in Meath. Fine Gael has a long term plan to keep the recovery going and part of this plan is to ensure we support and assist our farmers, who are the backbone of this country and our economy.”