The news has been welcomed by chairman of Rural development of the IFA, Joe Brady. The deadline has been extended for competition of the first year of the Knowledge Transfer requirements by two months to July 31st.
Mr Brady says the IFA were in touch with the Department of Agriculture on more than one occasion over the past couple of months, pressing them on the issue.
He said that farmers must not become victims of the difficulties the department has faced with its IT systems. He also added that the Knowledge Transfer payments must not be delayed later in the year.
Approximately 20,000 Irish farmers are awaiting a yearly payment, from the scheme, of €750 for participation in the scheme over a three-year period.
Since the scheme was put into action by the department, it has seen its fair share of difficulties. This has led to calls from the IFA, and its chairman of rural development Brady, for minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, to perform a review of the scheme as it promised the IFA many months ago.
A bit of ground has been made by the IFA with this extension, now the hope is they keep knocking on the doors of the department, to ensure payments are made in full and on time.