Last year approximately 34,000 farmers received their 85% payment from GLAS for the year 2016. It has recently been reported that up to 3,500 farmers are yet to receive their payment. This results in GLAS owing outstanding payments of up to €35m (estimation made by IFA).
As to be expected farmers left waiting on promised payments are stuck in limbo, and less than impressed to say the least.
Some of the farmers still waiting to receive payments, have withdrawn from the scheme citing frustration at a serious lack of progress as the reasoning.
A lack of flexibility in the scheme, with all amendments refused, leading to some farmers being left in a position where they cannot comply with the scheme.
IFA Rural development chairman Joe Brady has urged Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, and his department to make contact with all farmers still due outstanding payments.
He said the admission by the minister of numbers yet to be paid shows frustration levels amongst farmers.
Mr. Brady also called for the remaining payments (approx 15%), and GLAS+ payments, to be made without delay. These GLAS+ payments are said to be worth up to €2,000 to farmers.