Almost 8,000 low-income farmers and fishermen got social welfare assistance from the state last year.
Mayo, Donegal and Galway had the highest numbers.
Farm Assist is a payment to low-income farmers, capped at 208 euro per week.
Fianna Fáil TD Eamon Ó Cuiv says there are specific criteria you have to meet to qualify for the payment.
The Rural Social Scheme is a similar support, aimed at low-income farmers and fishermen.
The Department of Social Protection says 5,004 people benefitted from Farm Assist last year , and 2,981 were on the Rural Social Scheme.
1,356 people in Mayo were on either scheme - the highest in the country.
That's followed by Donegal, on 1,272.
Then it's Galway, on 874.
Only six farmers or fishermen in Dublin were on either scheme last year.