IFA says delayed payments causing hardship on 3,000 farms

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IFA deputy president, Tim O’Leary, has called on Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, to make payments immediately to the remaining farmers who are due instalments under the Basic Payment Scheme.

He said the Minister’s recent comments that these remaining payments will be resolved over a two-to-three week period will be of concern to farmers experiencing extreme financial difficulties as a result of delays.

Mr O'Leary said the delays associated with partnerships and private contract clauses must be sorted out immediately and also called for all outstanding Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) payments to be made.

In relation to the Young Farmer Scheme and National Reserve, Mr O’Leary said all cases must be resolved within the next couple of weeks as many of these farmers have financial commitments to make on their farms.

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