Speaking following the passing of the deadline for submission of Basic Payment Scheme/ANC applications and the transfer of entitlements for 2018, Mr. Lorcan McCabe, Deputy President of ICMSA has called on the Minister of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to deal sympathetically with any late applicants due to the fact that it is the first year of 100% online applications. There will be a small number of cases in particular older farmers who may still not have submitted their applications and it is important that leniency is shown towards these farmers if the need arises.
Now that 100% of applications are online, ICMSA is clearly saying that there should be no delay in informing farmers if there is an issue with their application and this must be done as soon as possible so that farmers can respond, and an issue resolved well in advance of the payment date.
Given the extremely difficult year farmers have had to date, Mr. McCabe said, that it is essential that the ANC payment is made in September, the BPS payment in October and that all farmers must receive their payment within the Farmers Charter commitments. In addition, the Minister for Agriculture, Food & Marine must seek the maximum possible advance payment as cashflow is and will continue to be a major issue on farms and it is essential that a 70% advance payment at a minimum is secured.
Concluding, Mr. McCabe noted that maximum flexibility must be applied by the Department of Agriculture after what has been a complete transition to online with huge efforts made by farmers in the last number of months.
ENDS 18 May 2018
Lorcan McCabe (086) 3979804
Deputy President ICMSA
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