More than 65 per cent of farmers received their 2018 Basic Payment Scheme money on the first day of the payment window (December 3).
The Rural Payments Agency said it was on track to pay 90 per cent of payments by the end of December.
Support worth more than £853 million was paid to 55,179 claimants.
RPA chief executive, Paul Caldwell, said the agency had worked hard to make ’significant progress compared with last year’s performance and remains ’focused on getting remaining payments into bank accounts as soon as possible’.
TFA chief executive George Dunn said: "Although the payment performance of the RPA is better than last year, it still defies understanding as to why it has not been possible to get closer to all of the payments due out the door this week given that claims have been worked on since May.
“With the huge difficulties many farmers will have faced this year, not least with the weather, and the continuing pressure on livestock farmers in securing fodder, it is really important that the remaining payments hit bank accounts as soon as possible.”