Viewpoint: Debt collectors and Revenue swooping in on basic payments
There is something a little off-putting about the speed at which debt collectors have been arriving in farmers' yards.
One whiff that the basic payment scheme is cranking into action and merchants are telling their salesman to go out and get a slice of it.
Of more concern is that some salesmen have told farmers they were told to go out and look for the money amid worries that it may not be there in the spring time.
And to be fair, many merchants have been allowing farmers the time to ensure their bank accounts are in the red before stepping in to pick up their cheque.
This year, though, there has been an added pressure on some farmers as the payments simply haven't arrived on time.
Some payments have been delayed by satellite inspections; others have been delayed by schemes like GLAS or new partnerships that have added a few more complications for the department.
The farm representative groups have reported a flurry of calls on the issue from farmers with major concerns about the delays.
Farmers have told how they've been joining the queue of callers to the Department, which says over 112,780 farmers have now received BPS payments totalling €714.4m.