A warning has come from the IFA directed at the Department of Agriculture. Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payouts are due at the start of next month, and the IFA are determined to ensure that Minister Creed doesn’t let farmers down.
The IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy said the Minister of Agriculture Michael Creed must ensure that the Department of Agriculture has all files fully cleared for the final BPS payment due on December 1st.
He said the final payment should be worth up to €400m and this money must get out to farmers well before Christmas.
On ANCs (Areas of Natural Constraint), Richard Kennedy said it is important that as the minimum stocking rates are cleared and the yellow card system for over-claims is in place, all outstanding payments are made.
The IFA Deputy President said farmers need their payments on time this year as the income crisis at farm family level is very severe.
Richard Kennedy also called for all other payments to be made without delay including GLAS, BDGP and other schemes. On GLAS, he pointed out that farmers have already incurred significant costs through planner fees and compliance costs, which have impacted severely on cash flow.