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04 Jun, 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment: Guide for Farmers

For Farmers who have lost an off-farm job (either self-employed or employed) during the current pandemic may qualify for the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment: Guide for Farmers

Farmers who have lost an off-farm job (either self-employed or employed) during the current pandemic may qualify for the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is a €350 weekly payment for employees and the self-employed who lost their job on or after March 13 due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

Eligibility

To apply for the payment, farmers must meet the following conditions:

• Be aged between 18 and 66 years old

• Be an active farmer

• Have lost their off-farm income due to the COVID-19 pandemic

• Have been temporarily laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic

• Their farm trading income has ceased due to COVID-19.

Trading income must have collapsed to the extent that farmers are available to take up other full-time employment where available. Farmers must be unable to sell animals at this time due to markets not operating or depressed market prices.

The quickest and easiest way to apply for the emergency COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is via mywelfare.ie.

Farmers involved in the dairy or pig sector are not eligible for the payment.

To read our full Agri Outlook [click here ](Farmers who have lost an off-farm job (either self-employed or employed) during the current pandemic may qualify for the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.)