Farmers waiting on €230m in payments
Over 30,000 farmers affected as second tranche of SFP rolls out
A total of €450m will roll out this week as part of the second tranche of the single farm payment (SFP).
However, farmers will be dismayed to learn that more than €230m of farm payments are being held up due to delays associated with the digitisation of maps and the knock-on effect this is having on getting problem applications processed. It is estimated that around 25,000 farmers will be affected.
Direct payments of €1.5bn were earmarked for Irish farmers this year and €220m of this was to be paid out through the Disadvantaged Area scheme.
However, €30m of this is still unpaid, despite the balancing payment date for this scheme falling more than a month ago.
Up to 20,000 farmers are still thought to be awaiting payments through this scheme.
A total of €1.26bn was to be paid out through the SFP but this week's payments will only bring the paid total to €1.05bn. More than 6,000 farmers have received nothing of their SFP so far this year.
However, the bulk of the €200m that has yet to be paid out through this scheme relates to the 25,000 farmers who have only received a partial payment so far. Their payments have been cut due to a small error or inconsistency in the applications they submitted last May.