At current rate it will take ‘10 more weeks’ to clear GLAS payment backlog
Further GLAS payments, valued at €5.3 million, issued to just under 1,500 participants over the past couple of weeks and payments to a further 750 farmers are expected to issue before the end of this week.
That’s according to the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed who also told senators this week that the Department has a duty to ensure that, in making payments, everything in an application that can be checked is checked as required under the regulations.
As a result, he said payments can only issue where all the required validation checks have been successfully passed.
“As issues with outstanding cases are resolved, they are paid in weekly payment runs,” he said.
However, Fianna Fail Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill said with an average of 750 per week, it would take ten weeks to clear the backlog of payments.
“I appreciate that it is a new system but the Department needs to set a realistic timeframe and start to put the processes in place.
“We are looking for efficiencies within the Department budget but also effectiveness in delivering payments to farmers. I know the Minister is on the side of farmers and I thank him for his response.”
Minister Creed said he is acutely conscious of the hardship it is causing in terms of cashflow management for individual farmers.