Farmers call for clarity on clawbacks
Furious farmers have demanded that the Department of Agriculture outline the scale of its clawback on Single Farm Payments (SFP) as concern grows about the potential bill from the ongoing land parcel eligibility review.
Some 950,000 land parcels are included in the land parcel (LPIS) review, which Brussels officials have told Dublin must be completed before December 15.
Clawback demands for €1.4m have already been issued to 4,800 farmers and thousands more letters were sent to farmers in the past week.
Despite the looming deadline, Department officials have failed to provide any information on the scale of the potential clawback.
The panel (below) shows the questions that the Farming Independent has repeatedly asked of the Department of Agriculture:
In response, the Department of Agriculture provided the following statement: "The position is that, as we stand, the Department do not have the specific information sought and won't have for some time."
On Thursday, a Department official dismissed reports that 10,000 letters were sent to farmers last week demanding an additional €2m in clawbacks on 2013 SFP claims.
"The figure of 10,000 is not correct," said a spokes-person for the Department, who added that the correct figure could be higher or lower than 10,000.