Fianna Fáil Agriculture Spokesperson Michael Moynihan has called on the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to immediately set out a time-line for the issuing of payments outstanding under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme.
Deputy Moynihan said: “We are now nearly two weeks into the month of October and there are still 25,000 farmers waiting for payments they are due under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme. I cannot understand how the introduction of a new mapping system could still be causing such lengthy delays. It has become a real worry for thousands of farmers who were already experiencing financial difficulties.
“What is particularly worrying is that this hold up comes after protracted delays in granting payments under the Agri-Environment Options Scheme. The Department cited ‘technical problems’ as the reason why thousands of farmers were waiting more than 6 months for AEOS payments. Having experienced such problems with both AEOS and DAS, it raises fears about possible delays in upcoming schemes.
“I am calling on Minister Coveney to outline details of when he expects all of the outstanding payments to be issued. I am also calling for a guarantee from the Minister that the technical issues which caused the delays in AEOS and DAS will not cause knock-on delays for future schemes.”