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.
FARMERS URGED TO RESIST PROCESSOR TACTICS AROUND PRICE CUTS
28 APRIL 2020
ICSA sheep chair Sean McNamara has said processors are continuing to toy with producers in a cynical effort to flush out supplies and drive down prices. “Farmers must resist this ploy and hold out for prices,” he said.
“Ramadan only began on 23 April and continues until 28 May but factories would have us believe that demand has disappeared since Sunday with some factories not even quoting for tomorrow. Yet all the while, sheep and sheep products continue to be sourced from Britain and Northern Ireland to the detriment of local suppliers. It makes no sense.”
“It is simply not the case that demand has suddenly gone away and with supplies remaining tight there is no justification for cutting prices. It is gamesmanship on the part of the processors to exact as much pressure as possible on hard pressed farmers and it must be resisted.”