IFA raises payment delays at Charter of Rights meeting

At a recent meeting of the Charter of Rights Monitoring Committee in Portlaoise, IFA Deputy President Tim O’Leary told the Department of Agriculture that the on-going payment delays for about 2,500 farmers are unacceptable and causing severe financial hardship for the farmers involved.

  Mr. O’Leary said the delays, which mainly relate to Basic Payment, National Reserve and Young Farmers Top-Up, and involve partnerships, entitlement transfer and private contract clause cases, are complex.

  He told the Charter Monitoring Committee Chairman, Dr. Sean Brady, that he “must take the clear message from the Charter Committee to Minister Coveney that additional resources must be provided in the Department towards resolving these outstanding cases and delivering payments, without further delay.”

  At the meeting, the Department provided the latest update on payments as follows –  Basic Payment and Greening: 122,291 farmers paid €1,100m, Areas of Natural Constraint: 93,500 farmers paid €198.9m, Young Farmers and National Reserve: 5,500 farmers paid, Beef Data and Genomics Programme: 17,500 farmers paid €32m, TAMs II approvals: 1,000 applicants.

  A significant issue at the Charter meeting was the on-going problems farmers are encountering making telephone contact with the Department in order to resolve problems or deal with outstanding queries.