More trouble for farmers waiting up to over four months for GLAS payments
The Department of Agriculture has confirmed that thousands of farmers still waiting on payments under the GLAS scheme are now unable to apply online for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS).
The issue raised relates to about 1,000 GLAS 3 applications which are currently held for further examination. There are also a limited number of additional cases for which parcel information is under review before the 2017 BPS application can be finalised.
BPS online gives a message in these specific cases saying that GLAS details are currently under review and when this is finalised you can submit your BPS 2017.
A Department of Agriculture Spokesperson has said it is expected that this issue will be resolved shortly.
To date GLAS 2016 advance payment has issued to 33,200 participants (91pc of participants)in the amount of €118m to date.
3,600 farmers have not yet been paid as their applications are being further examined.
The Department says queries with individual cases are being resolved on an ongoing basis with payments issuing to cleared cases on a weekly basis.
IFA Rural Development Chairman, Joe Brady, has called on the Minister of Agriculture, Michael Creed, to clarify to the 3,600 farmers who are still due their GLAS payment when they will be paid.