Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has highlighted to farmers that the lack of a Will can lead to the issue of the Single Farm Payment (SFP) being frozen.
Single Farm Payment is claimed by approximately 38,000 farm business across the north. The death, or mental incapacity of the head of holding where no Will has been made can cause significant delays in receiving payment of entitlements such as the SFP and also increase anxiety in an already difficult situation.
The Farm Family Options Mentoring Programme, which is delivered as part of the Rural Development Programme by Countryside Agri-Rural Partnership, provides free, one to one, independent and confidential support including information on succession planning to farm families. This support is available to all farm families and mentors will visit families in their own homes at a time which suits them.
For further information on the Farm Family Options Mentoring Programme, contact Countryside Agri-Rural Partnership on 0845 026 7539 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0845 026 7539 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or email: firstname.lastname@example.org