The ongoing GLAS payment saga continues this week with just under 6000 farmers still awaiting poayment of monies owed by the Department.
Farm groups including the INHFA have called on the Department to pay the remaining farmers their money.
National Chair of the INHFA Vincent Roddy stated “how the non payment of monies to over 6000 farmers can no longer be tolerated and the time has come for our elected representatives to act on behalf of these farmers.”
The IINHFA were not alone in their call, Sinn Fein’s Agricultural spokesperson, Martin Kenny said:
“I am very aware of the financial strain under which many farmers are operating and the excuses, justifications and muddying of the waters from the Department have served only to increase their frustration and stress…Since before Christmas, I have been receiving calls from farmers asking me when they will get their money. Each person I speak to is being given a different story from department officials, from problems with their applications, technical hitches, lack of authorisation or even some admitting that at this stage they just don’t know. I want these monies paid out…’
The Department have through the months citied different problems in relation to payments including IT issues, incomplete forms and financial constraints.
Many farmers have expressed anger and frustration at the GLAS scheme to That’s Farming over the last number of weeks and months since we reported on TD Michael Fitzmaurice’s comments on the scheme. There are currently 26,300 farmers in GLAS I and 11,700 in GLAS II.