Farm Ireland

Sunday 21 January 2018

IFA calls on Minister to intervene in GLAS row

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed. Photo: Tony Gavin
Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed. Photo: Tony Gavin
Claire Mc Cormack

Claire Mc Cormack

The IFA has called on the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, to intervene directly in the GLAS payments controversy.

Between 9,000 and 10,000 farmers have yet to receive payments under GLAS and AEOS, with close to €40m in supports delayed.

IFA rural development chairman Joe Brady said the payments situation had descended into a "debacle" and he called on Minister Creed to take personal charge of the matter.

"The delays in GLAS and AEOS payments have caused a lot of concern on farms and has seriously affected cash-flow difficulties on farms. Minister Creed was left in no doubt at the IFA AGM as to the gravity of the situation and IFA now expect him to act," Mr Brady said.

He claimed that many of the unpaid farmers in GLAS had yet to receive a payment, even though they joined the scheme as far back as May 2015.

Around €97m was paid out at the end of December last, which represented 85pc of the payment to 27,363 GLAS I and II farmers, IFA maintained.

The remaining 15pc payment is expected to be made from the end of February onwards when on-farm inspections have been completed by the Department of Agriculture on selected farms.

However, Brady contended that "very few payments" were made last week, "despite commitments given that more would be made".

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IFA estimates that a further €35m is now due, as well as GLAS+ payments worth €3.6m.

In relation to AEOS, Brady pointed out that around 4,000 farmers were still due a payment. This represents the last payment in the scheme for many farmers who have now moved to GLAS.

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