Friday 30 September 2016

More delays in beef data scheme payments

Published 09/03/2016 | 02:30

Farmers are complaining of delays in issuing payments under the Beef Data and Genomics Programme as springtime costs continue to mount.

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Michael Guinan, from the ICMSA's livestock committee said a number of farmers who have completed inspections are still waiting for monies.

"It is totally unfair and hugely frustrating that these payments are still outstanding and have not been made to all compliant farmers," he said.

A statement from the Department of Agriculture said that €35m had been paid to over 20,000 farmers to date.

"A significant" number of inspections have commenced in relation to the scheme to ensure that the Department complies with the EU requirement to inspect 5pc and they will be finalised shortly.

Meanwhile, figures from the Agriculture Department show that 8,800 applications under the national reserve and young farmers scheme have been paid, with additional information sought from 500 farmers.

Around 99pc or over 124,000 farmers have been paid €1.126bn under the BPS scheme, while over €625,000 has been paid through the Fodder Aid Scheme.

However, officials are due to begin visiting farms this week to assess the 130 applications received under the Emergency Flood Relief Measure where livestock was lost or buildings damaged. The department has also opened for online applications for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and the Greening Scheme, with a May 16 closing date.

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