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Farmers affected by severe storm urged to contact DARD regarding LFACA

Published: 10 April, 2013

Declan Mc Aleer MLA, Cllr Dan Kelly and Minister Michelle O Neill

Declan Mc Aleer MLA, Cllr Dan Kelly and Minister Michelle O Neill

West Tyrone MLA, Declan Mc Aleer has urged farmers who have lost livestock as a result of the recent snowstorms to write to DARD at the earliest opportunity stating their case so that they do not lose out on their 2014 Less Favoured Area Compensatory Allowances (LFACA) claim.

Mr. Mc Aleer was speaking after a Ministerial statement on the severe weather and its impact on the farming community.

Mr. Mc Aleer stated,

"It is absolutely crucial that farmers who have lost stock in the recent bad weather contact the Department of Agriculture before the 15th May so that their LFACA claim is not jeopardized.

"These claims are made on the 2013 Single Application Form and require the farmer to have appropriate stocking density between 1st April and 31st October 2013.

"If a farmer cannot meet the required stocking density from 1st April as a result of 'force majeure' linked to the snow conditions, they need to write to the Department to inform them of this ahead of the 15th May deadline for the Single Application Forms.

"If a farmer has not applied for a 'force majeure' exceptional circumstance then their claim for LFACA will be based on the number of animals that have survived as opposed to their original flocks and their claim may be denied or at least severely reduced.

"A specific form will be available from the 17thApril from DARD offices or from the DARD website."