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Monday 23 April 2018

Short notice on inspections 'beggars belief'

ICMSA's Pat McCormack
ICMSA's Pat McCormack

Problems contacting the Agriculture Department to resolve issues and concerns over the notice period for inspections are expected to be key topics at this week's Farmers Charter meeting.

The ICMSA's Pat McCormack said there is growing concern amongst farmers that department inspectors are not giving the maximum 48-hour notice period for inspections allowable under the regulations.

He said it "beggars belief" that inspections were taking place within the 48-hour window during such a stressful year for farmers.

Late payments were also expected to be raised, as the ICSA said they would be looking to ensure people get paid on time in 2016.

"We also want the customer service resolved so you can get an answer to a question," said the ICSA's Eddie Punch.

Both farm bodies also raised concerns over delays in payments under the TAMS II scheme.

Mr McCormack said many were "experiencing severe cashflow pressures" due to non-payment and they were looking for them to be fast-tracked. Another issue will be land eligibility.

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