10th October, 2012
President of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association, Gabriel Gilmartin, has welcomed the news that the advance payment of the Single Farm Payment will take place as planned next week (Tuesday, 16th October).
However, Mr. Gilmartin stressed that it is crucial that the maximum number of farmers receive the advance payment, to alleviate financial pressure caused by the bad weather over the past number of months.
“Getting 50 per cent of their annual Single Farm Payment next Tuesday will be a huge relief to farmers up and down the country. I am calling on the Minister to make sure that as many farmers as possible receive the advance – including farmers that are still waiting on cross-compliance checks. I would argue that any deductions that need to be made can be taken from the remaining payment, due in December.”
“Bearing in mind that farmers are now planning ahead for winter fodder shortages and buying extra feed where needed, the Minister must do what he can to ensure that cashflow is maximised at this time.”