IT problems continue to hold up GLAS payments for 10,000 farmers
Some 10,000 farmers in GLAS are still waiting on 2016 GLAS payments, the Department of Agriculture has confirmed.
At end of December 2016 there were 37,500 active participants in the GLAS scheme of which 27,400 received 85% of their 2016 payment.
Payment can only issue where all the required validation checks have been successfully passed. Some 10,100 cases did not pass all the checks.
According to the Minster for Agriculture, Michael Creed work on processing these cases, including development of further IT functionality, is on-going with a view to effecting payment as quickly as possible.
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture Charlie McConalogue has criticised the Minister the ongoing delays in processing payments to farmers under the GLAS agri-environmental scheme.
“Farmers are rightly furious over the inexcusable delay in issuing the 2016 payments under the GLAS scheme.
“These farmers are at crisis point as a result of the delay in issuing payments. My colleagues and I are inundated with calls from frustrated farming families who are wondering when they will get their payments.
“Many of them are already under serious financial strain and urgently need these payments to ensure that bills are paid.