Cross compliance penalties double from 2005 to 2012
Department of Agriculture penalties for cross compliance issues hit a record high last year, the Farming Independent can reveal.
Farmers who breached cross compliance rules in 2012 were penalised an average of €996 each, which was more than double the €488 average penalty applied in 2005.
And the 2012 could increase even further, because Department of Agriculture figures do not include the final tally for penlties under nitrates inspections.
The table below shows a county-by-county analysis of how much farmers were fined each year by the Department of Agriculture from their single payment scheme (SPS) payments.
There has been a sharp increase in the number of farmers penalised every year and a greater proportion of the national single farm payment is being held back by the Department every year.
In 2005, cross compliance penalties issued to 1,271 farmers amounted to €620,552 or 0.052pc of the total national single farm payment due that year.
Fast forward to 2011 and 3,816 farmers were fined a massive €2,464,041 or 0.23pc of the total single farm payment.
That's a trebling of the number of farmers penalised, a four-fold increase in total penalties imposed and more than a four-fold increase in the proportion of monies being deducted.