Farmers at boiling point over late payments
Significant numbers of farmers continue to wait on payments under Department of Agriculture agri-environment schemes as criticism of its performance mounts.
Latest figures released by Minister of State at the Department, Andrew Doyle, shows that to date, AEOS payments for 2016 amounting to over €21m have issued. He said the remaining 2,000 cases are currently being checked and payments will continue to issue on an ongoing weekly basis as these cases are cleared.
Meanwhile in GLAS, there are approximately 5,900 cases awaiting payment.
At the end of December 2016, there were approximately 37,500 active participants in GLAS, of whom 27,400 received payments valued at over €97m.
This represented 85pc of their 2016 payments. Payment can only issue where all the required validation checks have been successfully passed.
The Minister said as issues with outstanding GLAS cases are resolved, they are being paid in weekly payment runs.
Further payments are issuing on a weekly basis, he said with payments valued at over €110m now issued and over 84% of participants now paid.
Responding to criticism of the Departments performance in this area, he said “it is not that simple a matter to deal with”.