Farmers launch wave of protests over late payments
Delays in the issuing of key environment scheme payments to thousands of farmers, has reached boiling point with a host of farm protests set to take place today and tomorrow.
Today, ICSA staged a protest at the Department of Agriculture, Johnstown Castle, Co Wexford to highlight the mounting anger among farmers over extended delays with payments for the GLAS environment scheme.
ICSA rural development chairman Seamus Sherlock said “ICSA has decided to take this stand to show solidarity with farmers who have been waiting patiently for payment and suffering the consequences of doing without. That patience has now run out.”
ICSA president Patrick Kent said it was acknowledged by the department that the delays are imposing hardship to those who have yet to receive payment and that they will do their utmost to clear the backlog as soon as possible.
"It was also confirmed to ICSA that a further 1,200 farmers will be paid today."
Meanwhile, IFA president Joe Healy will lead an IFA protest outside the Department of Agriculture, in Dublin tomorrow (Tuesday) on behalf of farmers who have yet to be paid long overdue GLAS Agri-Environment Scheme payments, which are due since October 2016.
And, the national chairman of the Irish Natura & Hill Farmers Association (INHFA) Vincent Roddy has said "enough is enough" and that the association will start to host a number of protests from tomorrow.
“This comes in response to the fact that the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed has failed to heed the warnings coming from the INHFA that action would be taken if the problems within his Department to issue GLAS payments to desperate farmers wasn't sorted out.