Farm Ireland

Tuesday 16 January 2018

Turley slams the delay in DAS payouts

The IFA has called for all mapping problems to be sorted out immediately by the Department of Agriculture, so that up to 30,000 farmers whose Disadvantaged Areas payments are held up can be paid.

Rural development chairman Tom Turley said that a further 10,000 farmers' payments have been held up due to issues surrounding the minimum stocking level of 0.15LU/ha.

He advised those farmers to send back to the Department any evidence of their stocking level which will allow payment to be made.

He also called for all of last year's outstanding REPS 4 and AEOS payments to be paid out.

"In some cases, farmers are waiting for 12 months," said Mr Turley.

"This situation is totally unacceptable and Minister Coveney must intervene."

Lakelands hit by fine

Lakelands was fined €1,000 as a result of a prosecution taken by the EPA over the outflow of effluent at its Lough Egish plant.

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The co-op pleaded guilty to two of five pollution charges at Carrickmacross District Court, Co Monaghan, last week.

The charges relate to pollutants found in discharges from the Castleblayney plant last October. The three other charges were withdrawn by the EPA.

Imposing fines of €500 in respect of each of the two charges, Judge Sean MacBride also ordered the co-op society to pay €5,737.85 in costs and expenses to the EPA.

In reply to a defence lawyer, the EPA admitted the problem had since been rectified by the co-op and that the pollution in a nearby lake was not linked to the milk-drying plant.

Patsy McArdle

Indo Farming