IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has welcomed a recent increase in Farm Assist payments, and is reminding farmers that the IFA offers an online calculator to help determine if they qualify for Farm Assist and what level of payment they could expect.

 Farm Assist is a means tested income support scheme available to farm families when their income falls below a certain threshold. Farm Assist acts as an income supplement providing a top-up to bring incomes in line with social protection thresholds.

 From March 21st, the maximum weekly rate of Farm Assist payments increased by €5 to €198 as part of increases to social protection payments announced in Budget 2018.

The IFA Farm Assist Calculator is available in the Farm Finance Section of the IFA Website at https://www.ifa.ie/farm-finance/farm-assist-calculator/

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