Rushes hitting payments -- FF
Published 31/10/2012 | 06:00
Farmers risk losing up to 50pc of their Single Farm Payments (SFP) for failing to control rushes, according to Fianna Fail TD, Michael Moynihan.
"A number of people have come to me about satellite inspections that identified rush cover on their land.
"These farmers were subsequently fined as much as 50pc of their payment," said Mr Moynihan.
"This land cannot be travelled on because it is saturated with water. For the Department of Agriculture to inspect the ground and fine farmers because the rush cover is not cut is ridiculous," he said.
"I am appalled by what is going on and I am appealing to the Minister for Agriculture and his officials to re-examine this matter."
The IFA's Eddie Downey said that over 10,000 farmers were experiencing delays with payments as a result of inspections, mapping difficulties or other problems.
"It is totally unacceptable that the Department is still inspecting land plots and examining pictures of rushes from satellite maps, considering the extremely difficult weather conditions this year," he said