Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture, Éamon Ó Cuív TD, has called for the Minister for Agriculture to immediately ensure the payment of all outstanding Disadvantaged Area Scheme (DAS) monies owed to farmers.
Deputy Ó Cuív has recently been informed that of the 102,090 applications for the DAS, 8,000 have not yet received payment.
“The outstanding payments need to be made in a speedy and efficient manner,” said Deputy Ó Cuív.
“It is not acceptable that 8,000 farmers have been waiting since September for their DAS, which many are depending on. The delay has been caused by the retrospective stocking density requirement that was imposed by the Minister last year; it saved virtually no money and managed to add an extra layer of bureaucracy to the scheme for both farmers and the Department.
“In fact, over the last 6 weeks only a further 1,000 farmers have been paid the DAS. If this unnecessary condition had not been imposed, the 8,000 farmers anxiously waiting for payments would have received their payments by now. It is a disgrace that so many farmers have had to wait so long for a payment that forms an integral part of their income. I am urging Minister Coveney to immediately ensure the outstanding payments are processed.”