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Thursday 19 October 2017

More trouble for farmers waiting up to over four months for GLAS payments

Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

The Department of Agriculture has confirmed that thousands of farmers still waiting on payments under the GLAS scheme are now unable to apply online for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS).

The issue raised relates to about 1,000 GLAS 3 applications which are currently held for further examination.  There are also a limited number of additional cases for which parcel information is under review before the 2017 BPS application can be finalised.  

BPS online gives a message in these specific cases saying that GLAS details are currently under review and when this is finalised you can submit your BPS 2017.

A Department of Agriculture Spokesperson has said it is expected that this issue will be resolved shortly.

To date GLAS 2016 advance payment has issued to 33,200 participants (91pc of participants)in the amount of €118m to date.

3,600 farmers have not yet been paid as their applications are being further examined.

The Department says queries with individual cases are being resolved on an ongoing basis with payments issuing to cleared cases on a weekly basis.

IFA Rural Development Chairman, Joe Brady, has called on the Minister of Agriculture, Michael Creed, to clarify to the 3,600 farmers who are still due their GLAS payment when they will be paid. 

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Joe Brady reminded the Minister of the commitment made by his Department at the recent Charter of Rights meeting that all outstanding payments would be made at the end of April. 

Since the start of the year, 5,000 farmers have received the 85% GLAS payment, on top of the 28,000 farmers who were paid before the end of 2016.

“This means, that on average, a little over 300 farmers have been paid per week and at this rate of payment it will be another three months before all cases are sorted out. This is just not acceptable and Minister Creed needs to step up to the mark to sort out this debacle and to tell farmers when they will be paid”, Joe Brady insisted. 

IFA estimates that €40m is still owed to GLAS farmers for 2016. This includes the 3,800 farmers who are still due their payment, 33,000 farmers who got partial payment who are still owed the final 15pc payment and the GLAS+ to 3,000 farmers

Joe Brady said, “Farmer frustration is at boiling point, and Minister Creed must show his commitment to farmers in GLAS by making all outstanding payments without any further delay.”

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