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IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has described as unacceptable that the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed is sitting on applications for TAMS grants for farmers who applied in the last tranche of the scheme which closed in early April.

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IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy has urged the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to pay out approximately €45m which is owed to farmers in respect of schemes that they applied for in 2018.

Richard Kennedy said that it is unacceptable that this money is being held up at a time when farmers are on their knees and are in desperate need of income support.

The makeup of the money owed is as follows:

  • Remaining 15% GLAS balancing payment worth over €30m
  • Full GLAS payment to 1,500 farmers who have not received any payment for 2018 worth €6m
  • Balancing payment for organic farmers worth €2m
  • Outstanding KT payments worth €2m
  • Balancing payment under the Sheep Welfare Scheme worth €3m
  • A small number of outstanding BPS, ANC and BDGP payments worth €2m.

On top of this, there are approximately 800 farmers who have made an application for TAMS, following completion of investment, who are also awaiting payment.  This is worth €11.5m.

Richard Kennedy said it is vitally important that all outstanding payments are made without any further delay.

Meanwhile, Richard Kennedy has again reminded farmers that the BPS application date deadline is May 15th and he urged all farmers to ensure that they have their online application in on time. He also reminded farmers that the Department of Agriculture is holding clinics around the country to assist farmers with their online applications.

IFA National Farm Forestry Chairman Vincent Nally said the Department of Agriculture must honour afforestation contracts if planting rates are to recover.

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IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has said the first batch of 130 appeals has been sent to the Independent Panel as part of the ANC review.

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IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has said that areas planted under the wild bird cover GLAS measure will be eligible for ANC payments on this land in 2019 and beyond.

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