With the balancing payment for the BPS/ANC due this week (December 1st), the ICMSA Deputy President, Lorcan McCabe, has called on the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to ensure that all necessary resources are deployed to guarantee payment of all remaining schemes by December 6th to all participants.
“The €78 million set to be drawn down in eligible farmer applications from the €100 million Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM) should be made in the first week of December and while the first payments to applicants under the 2019 Beef Environmental Efficiency Pilot (BEEP) have been made, it’s very important that those farmers cleared for payment are paid immediately.
“There may be some farmers that have only recently submitted their data recently but even then – if all is in order – there should be no reason for any delay in payment”, said Mr. McCabe.
The ICMSA Deputy President said that 2019 has been tough year in terms of beef prices and that these payments are essential.
“This is the traditional time of year when farmers pay the bulk of their bills and everyone should know how essential it is that outstanding problems are resolved without any further delay and payments issued as soon as possible”, he concluded.