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Activity since last National Council

TAMS

  • 3,448 farmers applied for TAMS in Tranche 18, which closed on August 21st. In addition 1,240 applicants were carried forward from the previous tranche to give an overall application of 4,688.
  • Approvals of 70% of these farmers will be made shortly. This will mean that 1,406 applicants will be carried into Tranche 19, which closes on October 31st.
  • IFA is insisting that there must be no delay in approvals for tranche 19 as to date the process is too slow.
  • So far in TAMS around 31,729 approvals for TAMS have been issued. However, 6,685 applicants have not proceeded with their approval.
  • Payments worth €231.8m have been paid out to 16,585 farmers to date. A further 900 farmers have lodged payment claims.
  • When the carryover allocation from TAMS 1 is taken into account, €243.27m has been spent out of the 2014 – 2020 RDP allocation of €395m.
  • In the 2020 Book of estimates €82.5m is allocated with about €54.8m paid out to date. It is expected that the full allocation will be paid out by year end. Under EU transitional rules IFA will be looking for the scheme to continue into next year.
  • In Budget 2021 IFA will be seeking an allocation of €120m.
  • The amendment to TAMS to increase the investment ceiling for pigs and poultry investment from €80,000 to €200,000 will come in under transitional arrangements in 2021.
  • At a recent meeting with the Dept. it was pointed out to IFA that Grant Aid for LESS will not apply after April 2021 for farmers who are in the nitrates derogation, as it is a mandatory measure for the farmers in the nitrates derogation since April 2020.
  • At this meeting, IFA also raised the necessity to increase the standard costings as they have not been reviewed for over 2 years.

2020 BPS/ANC Schemes

  • IFA met the Department of Agriculture in early September to press for early pay-out across all schemes.
  • At closing date for BPS 15th May around 129,000 farmers had made application.
  • IFA will be demanding that there is a maximum pay-out to all farmers of the 70% advance on the 16th The balancing 30% will be paid out on Dec 1st.
  • ANC payments commenced on 16th September last. So far, 87,565 farmers have been paid 85% of their payment worth €188.45m. Payments are being issued to around 1,000 farmers per week as they meet their minimum level stocking requirement.
  • The balancing 15% payment will be paid in early December.
  • IFA have got a commitment that any file that is out for inspection will not hold up payment for BPS or ANC.
  • ANC payments are worth €250m to nearly 100,000 farmers.
  • The Department’s LPIS review is continuing in counties Meath, Cavan, Longford and Leitrim. IFA is insisting that there is no repeat of last year’s debacle in Co. Louth where there were significant delays in payments due to digitising of maps.
  • IFA will be taking this matter up with the Charter of Rights meetings on 8th

ANC Appeals

  • Farmers in townlands that lost out under the appeal can now take their case up with the Ombudsman office.
  • IFA has requested that information to the unsuccessful townlands is issued by the Department of Agriculture, so that areas know what they can take up with the ombudsman.
  • Of the 315 townlands which have appealed, 72 were successful with 22 townlands coming for the first time.
  • Areas that were successful having been previously excluded, will get full payment restored this year. New areas will get full payment also. For those not successful, who have previously been included, they will qualify for a 40% payment in 2020 but will get no payment in 2021.

GLAS

  • At this stage 47,775 farmers have got their full 2019 payment. There are still about 600 due their balancing 15% payments for a variety of reasons. The total amount paid out under GLAS for 2019 is €202.86m.
  • The remaining farmers are being paid as problems are being resolved.
  • 2020 payments will commence in early Nov with a 85% payment. The remaining 15% will be paid in May 2021.
  • IFA is seeking an extension of GLAS plans, for either 1 or 2 years and that an early announcement is made so that farmers are given ample time to apply for an extension.

EU Transitional Rules

  • EU Transitional proposals have now been passed by the European Parliament and the Council of Minister.
  • However, in the trialogues which also involves the EU Commission, the Commission is insisting on a one-year transition.
  • The transitional rules are vital to allow the continuation of various schemes such as GLAS, TAMS, BDGP, and Sheep Welfare into 2021 or 2022.
  • At the recent meeting with the Dept., the Rural Development Committee raised the extension of GLAS 1 and 2 for 36,000 whose plans finish at year end and 12,000 GLAS 3 farmers whose plans finish at the end of 2021.
  • At the meeting with the Department of Agriculture IFA insisted that there must be a simple process to transpose plans for 1or 2 years.

EU/COPA Developments on CAP

  • IFA is engaging with COPA and the EU commission on various aspects of CAP such as the transitional regulations, relaxation of BPS rules including inspections, applications dates and earlier payment dates for 2020 schemes.
  • Ongoing dialogue with the Department of Agriculture to ensure a case is made to Brussels on changes to GLAS, ANC and TAMS schemes.

Upcoming Events

The Rural Development Committee meeting on Wednesday October 7th.

Charter of Rights meeting on October 8th.

Chairman Michael Biggins
Executive Denis Griffin

Activity since last National Council

TAMS

  • Approvals under Tranche 17 were issued to around 3,500 farmers in August. Due to the loner tranche period there was a higher than normal application rate of 5,000. 30% of farmers were carried forward to tranche 18 which closed on August 21st.
  • The current tranche 19 closing date has not yet been decided but it is likely to be mid-Oct. IFA is insisting that there must be no delay in approvals for tranche 18 as to date the process is too slow.
  • So far in TAMS around 29,646 approvals for TAMS have been issued. However, 6,000 applicants have not proceeded with their approval. Some may have reapplied.
  • Payment worth €223m has been paid out to 15,958 farmers to date. A further 900 farmers have lodged payment claims
  • When the carryover allocation from TAMS 1 is taken into account, €235m has been spent out of the 2014 – 2020 RDP allocation of €395m.
  • In the 2020 Book of estimates €82.5m is allocated with about €50m paid out to date. It is expected that the full allocation will be paid out by year end. Under EU transitional rules IFA will be looking for the scheme to continue into next year.
  • In Budget 2021 IFA will be seeking an allocation of €120m.
  • The Minister recently announced that the amendment to TAMS would be sought from Brussels to increase the investment limit for pigs and poultry from €80,000 to €200,000.

2020 BPS/ANC Schemes

  • IFA is meeting the Department of Agriculture on September 4th.
  • At closing date for BPS 15th May around 129,000 farmers had made application.
  • IFA will be demanding that there is a maximum pay-out to all farmers of the 70% advance the 16th The balancing 30% will be paid out on Dec 1st.
  • IFA dealt with a significant number of queries from farmers who had issues with making application with the Dept.
  • IFA had secured concessions on transfer entitlements, whereby signatures will not be required if they can’t be got during the restrictions. IFA will be monitoring the situation of these cases over the next 2 months.
  • inspections have been taking place for the past few months with 1% of applicants being inspected.
  • IFA had earlier got a commitment that any file that is out for inspection will not hold up payment.
  • There are no changes to the ANC Scheme for 2020. There had been some concerns raised with regard to the stocking rate criteria, however, it would appear that most farmers can comply this year.
  • On overall stocking limit of 0.15LU/Ha for a 7- month period and the average of 0.15LU/HA over the 12-month period.
  • The 2020 rates of payment do not change and the allocation is of the order of €250m.
  • ANC payments will commence in the week beginning Sept 21st next with a 75% pay-out. The remaining 25% will be paid out in early Dec.
  • ANC payments are worth €250m to nearly 100,000 farmers.
  • The Department’s LPIS review is continuing in counties Meath, Cavan, Longford and Leitrim. IFA is insisting that there is no repeat of last year’s debacle in Co. Louth where there were significant delays in payments due to digitising of maps.

ANC Appeals

  • Farmers in townlands that lost out under the appeal can now take their case up with the Ombudsman office.
  • IFA has requested that information to the unsuccessful townlands is issued by the Department of Agriculture, so that areas know what they can take up with the ombudsman.
  • Of the 315 townlands which have appealed, 72 were successful with 22 townlands coming for the first time.
  • Areas that were successful having been previously excluded, will get full payment restored this year. New areas will get full payment also. For those not successful, who have previously been included, they will qualify for a 40% payment in 2020 but will get no payment in 2021.

GLAS

  • At this stage 47,679 farmer have got their full 2019 payment. There are still about 600 due their balancing 15% payments for a variety of reasons. The total amount paid out under GLAS for 2019 is €202.58m.
  • The remaining farmers are being paid as problems are being resolved.
  • 2020 payments will commence in early Nov with a 75% payment. The remaining 25% will be paid in May 2021.

EU Transitional Rules

  • EU Transitional proposals have now been passed by the European Parliament and the Council of Minister.
  • However, in the trialogues which also involves the EU Commission, the Commission is insisting on a one-year transition.
  • The transitional rules are vital to allow the continuation of various schemes such as GLAS, TAMS, BDGP, and Sheep Welfare into 2021 or 2022.
  • The Rural Development Committee will be focussing on getting an extension of GLAS 1 for 36,000 whose plans finish at year end and 12,000 GLAS1 farmers whose plans finish at the end of 2021.
  • At the last meeting with the Department of Agriculture IFA insisted that there must be a simple process to transpose plans for 1or 2 years.
  • At the last Rural Development Committee meeting it was agreed that IFA would prioritise this with the new Minister for Agriculture.

Farm Assist/RSS

  • Currently there are 6,000 farmers on Farm Assist.
  • On RSS 3,200 farmers are having their payments maintained at existing levels.
  • In Budget 2021 IFA will be seeking an increase in the farm income disregard from 30% to 50%.

EU/COPA Developments on CAP

  • IFA is engaging with COPA and the EU commission on various aspects of CAP such as the transitional regulations, relaxation of BPS rules including inspections, applications dates and earlier payment dates for 2020 schemes.
  • Ongoing dialogue with the Department of Agriculture to ensure a case is made to Brussels on changes to GLAS, ANC and TAMS schemes.

Upcoming Events

The Rural Development Committee along with Deputy President Brian Rushe, and Livestock Chairman Brendan Golden, will be meeting the Dept. of Agriculture on Sept 4th to ensure early payout of all 2020 payments.

Chair Michael Biggins
Executive Gerry Gunning

Activity Since Last National Council

TAMS

  • IFA had a meeting with the Department of Agriculture on June 11th at which analysis took place on the current situation on TAMS.
  • At the close of tranche 17 closes on June 6th 5,000 farmers had applied. The selection process for these farmers will take place in the first half of July. There was a higher number in this tranche as the tranche had been extended by 6 weeks due to COVID-19 restrictions. IFA had already raised concerns in relation to this extension, as many farmers had expected to start work by mid-year for completion by next winter.
  • It is expected that 80% or about 4,000 farmers will get approval. IFA is insisting that there must be no delay in approvals being issued now.
  • IFA secured had secured a concession, that where a farmer does not have full planning permission at close of tranche 17 (June 6th) that the application will be still accepted but that full planning permission must be secured by time of selection assessment. Some farmers may have difficulty with this issue and IFA has raised this with the Department.
  • Pre-approval or pre-payment inspections had recommenced since mid-May and IFA has not had any reports of issues arising. About 5% of farmers are inspected.
  • Following the extension of 3 months to complete work IFA has asked the Department for flexibility to allow farmers more time where there are still issues with builders and contractors as some are not back at full capacity.
  • Tranche 18 opened on the June 7th and will close on Aug 7th.
  • So far in TAMS around 28,795 approvals have been issued to proceed but of these 5,000 have not commenced any work and are likely to forfeit their applications to the scheme.
  • Payments have been made so far to 14,962 farmers worth €212m. The average pay out per week is about €1.5m.
  • When the carryover allocation from TAMS 1 is taken into account, €223m has been spent out of the 2014 – 2020 RDP allocation of €395m.
  • In the 2020 Book of estimates, €82.5m is allocated, with about €38m paid out to date. There are probably 2 more tranches left with the scheme due to close on 31st Dec next. However, under EU transitional rules IFA will be looking for the scheme to continue into next year.
  • In Budget 2021 IFA will be seeking an allocation of €120m.
  • The Minister recently announced that the amendment to TAMS would be sought from Brussels to increase the investment limit for pigs and poultry from €80,000 to €200,000. An EU decision is awaited.

2020 BPS/ANC Schemes

  • At closing date for BPS 15th May around 129,000 had applied under 2020 scheme.
  • IFA will be insisting that maximum flexibility will be sought in the current circumstances to ensure all payments are made on time.
  • inspections have commenced following the conclusion of the pre checking arrangements in the 3rd week in June.
  • IFA has secured a commitment that any farmer whose file is out for inspection at payment time will not have his payment held up. In previous years this had held up payments.
  • The payment of BPS will commence on Oct 16th next with a 70% payment. The remaining 30% will be paid on Dec 1st.
  • In relation to ANCs, IFA are looking for 100% pay-out on the 3rd week of September.
  • There are no changes to the ANC Scheme for 2020. There have been some concerns raised with regard to the stocking rate criteria but there are no changes at this stage. Cases will be assessed on an individual level.
  • On overall stocking limit of 0.15LU/Ha for a 7- month period and the average of 0.15LU/HA over the 12 -month period.
  • The 2020 rates of payment do not change and the allocation is of the order of €250m.
  • The Department’s LPIS review is continuing in counties Meath, Cavan, Longford and Leitrim. Meetings have been deferred.
  • At the last Charter meeting in June IFA insisted that the review must not hold up payments.

ANC Appeals.

  • Of the 315 townlands which have appealed, 72 were successful with 22 townlands coming in for the first time.
  • The Department have now written to all farmers who appealed. However, for those that were unsuccessful they have not given any detail as to why they were excluded and are directing them to the Ombudsman. IFA has called on the Minister to provide this to farmers.
  • Areas that were successful having been previously excluded will get full payment restored this year. New areas will get full payment also. For those not successful having previously been in, they will qualify for a 40% payment in 2020 will get no payment in 2021.

GLAS

  • At this stage 47,315 farmer have got their full 2019 payment worth €202.1m. There are still about 1,200 due their balancing 15% payments. The Department have indicated to IFA that most of these have some problem with their plan. And will be paid out as problems are resolved.

EU Transitional Rules

EU Transitional proposals have now been passed by the European Parliament and EU Council and will now be finalised in trialogues. And passed into legislation later this month.

  • The Rural Development Committee will be focussing on getting an extension of GLAS 1 & 2 plans for at least another year or 2 (depending on agreement on the next CAP), TAMS, BDGP, Sheep Welfare, and ANC’s.
  • At the recent meeting with the Department, IFA set key principles for an extension which include a continuation of all measures and payments, a simple process to extend and that provision is given to allow new entrants and 2,000 AEOS farmers excluded to be allowed into the scheme.

Farm Assist/RSS Review

  • IFA has welcomed the Programme for Government commitment that a review of the Farm assist and the RSS scheme will take place.
  • A key issue will be the income assessment process with more flexibility been sought.
  • Currently there are 6,000 farmers on Farm assist and 3,200 on the RSS.
  • In Budget 2021 IFA will be seeking an increase in the farm income disregard from 30% t0 50%.

EU/COPA Developments on CAP

  • IFA is engaging with COPA and the EU commission on various aspects of CAP such as the transitional regulations, relaxation of BPS rules including inspections, applications dates and earlier payment dates for 2020 schemes.
  • Ongoing dialogue with the Department of Agriculture to ensure a case is made to Brussels on changes to GLAS, ANC and TAMS schemes.

Upcoming Events

  • The Rural Development Committee planning to meet the Department of agriculture once the transitional regulations are agreed later this month.
  • A further National Committee meeting (last one was on 25th June) will be held once details a emerge on the transitional arrangements.
Chairman Michael Biggins
Executive Gerry Gunning

Activity Since last National Council

TAMS

  • IFA has been in constant contact with the Department since restrictions have been imposed.
  • Approvals under Tranche 16 were issued to around 2,600 farmers in April. There are still 20% of farmers being carried forward to tranche 17.
  • The current tranche 17 closes on June 6th. This closing date was extended by 6 weeks due to restrictions leading to problems for some farmers in making applications. IFA had raised concerns in relation to this extension, as many farmers had expected to start work by mid-year for completion by next winter. IFA is insisting that there must be no delay in approvals being issued later this year.
  • IFA secured a concession, that where a farmer does not have full planning permission at close of tranche 17 (June 6th) that the application will be still accepted but that full planning permission must be secured by time of selection assessment which is around mid-July.
  • Pre-approval or pre-payment inspections have recommenced since the 18th
  • Following the earlier issue to putting in concrete slabs and its definition as essential work, IFA worked closely with many farmers to ensure that work did proceed. Since the lifting of restrictions with regard to general building work, many farm projects are now restarting.
  • So far in TAMS around 28,528 approvals for TAMS have been issued. This is an increase of 1,614 over the past 5 weeks. There were no pre approval inspections for this period.
  • Payments have been made to 15,178 farmers worth €203.5m so far, with 1,458 farmers paid in the last 6 weeks. The average pay out per week is about €1.5m.
  • When the carryover allocation from TAMS 1 is taken into account, €215m has been spent out of the 2014 – 2020 RDP allocation of €395m.
  • In the 2020 Book of estimates, €82.5m is allocated, with about €32m paid out to date. There are probably 2 more tranches left under GLAS when the scheme is due to close on 31st Dec next. However, under EU transitional rules IFA will be looking for the scheme to continue into next year.
  • In Budget 2021 IFA will be seeking an allocation of €120m.
  • The Minister recently announced that the amendment to TAMS would be sought from Brussels to increase the investment limit for pigs and poultry from €80,000 to €200,000.

2020 BPS/ANC Schemes

  • At closing date for BPS 15th May around 129,000 farmers had made application.
  • IFA dealt with a significant number of queries from farmers who had issues with making application with the Dept. These were all resolved with the Dept.
  • IFA had secured concessions on transfer entitlements, whereby signatures will not be required if they can’t be got during the restrictions. These are now being dealt with.
  • IFA will be insisting that maximum flexibility will be sought in the current circumstances to ensure all payments are made.
  • inspections will commence once the pre checking arrangements are concluded around the 3rd week in June.
  • In IFA’s submission to both the EU and Government, we are seeking 100% BPS and Rural Development schemes pay-out on 16th In relation to ANCs, we are looking for 100% pay-out on the 3rd week of September.
  • There are no changes to the ANC Scheme for 2020. There have been some concerns raised with regard to the stocking rate criteria but there are no changes at this stage.
  • On overall stocking limit of 0.15LU/Ha for a 7- month period and the average of 0.15LU/HA over the 12 -month period, IFA is keeping this under review in the context of COVID-19 restrictions on marts.
  • The 2020 rates of payment do not change and the allocation is of the order of €250m.
  • The Department’s LPIS review is continuing in counties Meath, Cavan, Longford and Leitrim. Meetings have been deferred.

ANC Appeals

  • The Department issued the results of Independent ANC Appeals Panel in April.
  • Of the 315 townlands which have appealed, 72 were successful with 22 townlands coming in for the first time.
  • The Department have written to all farmers who appealed. However, for those that were unsuccessful they have not given any detail as to why they were excluded. IFA has called on the Minister to provide this to farmers.
  • Areas that were successful having been previously excluded will get full payment restored this year. New areas will get full payment also. For those not successful having previously been in, they will qualify for a 40% payment in 2020 will get no payment in 2021.

GLAS

  • At this stage 45,189 farmer have got their full 2019 payment. There are still about 2,300 due their balancing 15% payments. The total amount paid out under GLAS for 2019 is €200m.
  • The remaining farmers are being paid as problems are being resolved.

EU Transitional Rules

EU Transitional proposals have now been passed by the European Parliament and will now go to trialogues between the Commission, the Council and the EP.

They are likely to be agreed in June.

  • The Rural Development Committee will be focussing on getting an extension of GLAS 1 & 2 plans for at least another year or 2 (depending on agreement on the next CAP), TAMS, BDGP, Sheep Welfare, and ANC’s.
  • At the last Rural Development Committee meeting held April 30th it was agreed that IFA would prioritise this issue in current Government formation talks.

Farm Assist

  • IFA has been in touch with the Department of Social Protection with regard to the assessment process for Farm assist.
  • While restrictions are in place assessments will be done at DSP office level. The same situation will exist for Appeals.
  • IFA has also called for an easier assessment process to take account of the severe income crisis on farms as result of the restrictions and the fall in cattle prices.
  • Currently there are 6,000 farmers on Farm assist.
  • On RSS 3,200 farmers are having their payments maintained at existing levels.
  • In Budget 2021 IFA will be seeking an increase in the farm income disregard from 30% t0 50%.

EU/COPA Developments on CAP

  • IFA is engaging with COPA and the EU commission on various aspects of CAP such as the transitional regulations, relaxation of BPS rules including inspections, applications dates and earlier payment dates for 2020 schemes.
  • Ongoing dialogue with the Department of Agriculture to ensure a case is made to Brussels on changes to GLAS, ANC and TAMS schemes.

Upcoming Events

Charter of Rights meeting on June 4th.

Chairman Michael Biggins
Executive Gerry Gunning

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