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Advance payment must be made to as many farmers as possible

Oct 10, 2012 | Press Releases | 0 comments

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.”

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ICSA president Dermot Kelleher has said it is unacceptable that some 18,600 farmers will have to wait until February 2024 to receive their ACRES payment. “ICSA, along with other farmer representatives, today (6 December) met with senior Department of Agriculture officials in Portlaoise for an update on payments from the various farm schemes. At this meeting we were informed that no participant of the Cooperation Project (CP) stream of ACRES tranche one will be paid until February at the earliest. This news will come as a devasting blow to all those farmers who have been already waiting far too long for their payments,” he said.

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