IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady, has urged the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to instruct his Department to make contact with all 3,500 farmers who are still due their 2016 payment, and to indicate when they will be paid. So far around 34,000 farmers have received their 85% payment for 2016.
Joe Brady said that the admission by the Minister that the number due a payment is less than the 3,500 of those remaining, is a clear indication of a frustration among farmers some of whom have withdrawn from the scheme. Also, a lack of flexibility in the scheme, with amendments not being accepted, is leading to farmers not being in a position to comply with the scheme.
The IFA Rural Development Chairman called for the remaining 15% payment, as well as the GLAS+ payment of up €2,000, to be made without delay. IFA estimates that around €35m is still owed under the 2016 scheme.