Some DAFM farm payments will roll into farmers’ bank accounts up to three weeks later than last year, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue has confirmed.
Payments under the ANC Scheme (Areas of Natural Constraint) are likely to be some three weeks later than those issued last year, while payments under the Basic Income Support for Sustainability (BISS) are likely to commence approximately one week later than payments under last year’s Basic Payment Scheme (BPS).
Earlier this year, the minister’s department wrote to farmers outlining the payment dates for schemes under the new Common Agricultural Policy.
His department will, once again, write to farmers in the coming days to remind them of payment date schedules, which you can read about in this news article.
He expects that more than €1.8 billion in payments will issue to farmers before the end of the year and that Ireland will be the first member state in Europe to make such payments, he said.
Bring payment dates forward in 2023
He has outlined in a statement to media that “it is important to be straight with farmers about the payment date implications that this new and significantly different CAP would bring”.
“I would prefer to be in a position to make these payments earlier, but this is simply not possible this year.”
“I was pleased to be able to confirm to ICMSA on Thursday, September 8th, however, that we would bring these payment dates forward next year when the new CAP has bedded in.”
“I look forward to ongoing engagement with all farm organisations as part of the finalisation of the Farmer’s Charter negotiations, and implementation of the related targets under an independently chaired monitoring committee.”
“My department will continue to build on already significant efforts to ensure the transition to a new programming period is as smooth as possible.”
“I remain fully committed to ensuring that all farmers receive payments at the earliest possible juncture and will be continuing to seek improvements and efficiencies with my department over time and as the programming period evolves,” the spokesperson added.
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