The commencement of payments under the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine's Knowledge Transfer (KT) scheme has been welcomed by the Irish Farmers' Association (IFA).
IFA rural development chairman, Joe Brady, has welcomed payments to 19,000 farmers in 1,100 groups.
Mr Brady has urged KT group facilitators to pass on payments to farmers without delay and is reminding facilitators that payment will only be made to them by the Department once it is confirmed that the facilitator has passed payment to the farmer.
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has confirmed that payments are due to be made to farmers in sheep and beef groups this week with payments to farmers in other sector groups to issue shortly. Mr Brady said the Department must clarify when, precisely, payments will be made to farmers in other sectors.
Where a farmer has met all the requirements of the first year of the scheme, the payment is €750. In cases where a farmer is in two KT groups, the farmer will receive a total payment of €1,225.