IFA Deputy President Tim O’Leary has called on Minister Coveney to immediately make payments to the remaining farmers who are due their Basic Payment. He said that the Minister’s recent comments that these remaining payments will only be sorted out over a two-to-three week period will be of concern to farmers experiencing extreme financial difficulties as a result of delays.
IFA Deputy President Tim O Leary said IFA is meeting senior officials in the Department of Agriculture this week over the unacceptable delays on direct payments and, particularly, the thousands of farmers still waiting on ANC payments. Tim O Leary said in a year where farmers are under extreme income pressure, it is totally unacceptable that there are payment hold ups.
Ahead of the 70% advance payout of the Basic Payment and the Greening payment next week, IFA Deputy President Tim O’Leary has said all farmers must be paid on time and in full. “This is vitally important given the tight cashflow on farms due to income difficulties this year”.
10 09 2015
IFA President Eddie Downey has said that following the EU Council of Agriculture Ministers’ decision to allow an advance payment of 70% of the Basic Payment and Greening on 16th October next, it is now up to the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to ensure that this is delivered in full to farmers.