The IFA has welcomed clarification from the Department that a farmer who has incurred a substantial loss of income as a result of restrictions can qualify for the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

It means that fulltime farmers who cannot sell their stock and therefore have no income can claim the payment, while part-time farmers who have lost off-farm employment and suffered substantial loss of income can also qualify.

The IFA says farmers in  receipt of Farm Assist payments are not entitled to the Covid-19  Unemployment Payment.  However, if their income has deteriorated as a result of restrictions or loss of income, they can look for a reassessment of the Farm Assist. 

Farmers  in receipt of the Rural Social Scheme is not entitled to the Covid-19 payment, but the existing payment is maintained.

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