Department warned not to break promise to make GLAS payments this week
IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady said the promise of GLAS payments this week has to be delivered upon and farmers will not tolerate any foot dragging on this issue.
“It is vitally important that all 38,000 farmers in the scheme get a payment as frustration is building up in relation to processing of payments.”
The latest comment from the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed are that the first full year of GLAS 1 and GLAS 2 contract payments are due in 2016 and the prepayment checking process is currently under way for both schemes with a view to commencing payment before the end of 2016.
Brady said farmers have been promised the payment for some time.
"The Minister had said that payments would commence the week beginning December 19.
“It will not be acceptable if these payments drag into next week or beyond. Farmers have incurred costs such as planning and compliance fees and cannot have any payment delay as maintaining cashflow is vital.”
Meanwhile, The Department of Agriculture has confirmed that a total of just under 14,000 applications were submitted under GLAS 3.
It says an analysis of the breakdown of these figures is now underway.