Donegal was among the counties where the highest number of low–income farmers and fishermen received social welfare assistance from the state in 2021.
Almost 8,000 low-income farmers and fishermen got social welfare assistance from the state last year.
They received the money under Farm Assist or the Rural Social Scheme.
Mayo benefited the most – with nearly 1,400 people getting either payment – followed by Donegal and Galway.
Independent TD for Roscommon-Galway, Michael Fitzmaurice, says it was mainly small family owned farms that benefited from the payment: