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Macra President seeks Clarification on Young Farmer Payments

18 November 2015
Macra President seeks Clarification on Young Farmer Payments

Commenting at the Farmers' Charter of Rights meeting today (Wednesday), Macra na Feirme National President Seán Finan sought clarification on commitments to commence payments for the 8500 applicants to the Young Farmer scheme top up and 7000 National Reserve applicants.

Mr. Finan said, “These young farmers have significant financial commitments and processing their payments needs to be a priority”.

Clarification was also sought on young farmers who have yet to commence their agricultural education before year end as to the status of their payments. 

Mr Finan continued, “Once young farmers submit evidence to DAFM of commencement of the enrolment and course day planned by Teagasc before Christmas, then they should have their payments before year end if this was the only outstanding item delaying eligibility”. 

The Department of Agriculture has made significant progress in processing the advanced basic payments however for a number of arrangements, such as Private Contract Clauses and Partnerships, processing delays are causing a lot of annoyance among farmers. Young farmers involved in partnerships are experiencing difficulties in determining from the DAFM the issues effecting and delaying their applications. The Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine have undertaken to commence payment of the 850 partnerships by the end of the week.  

A number of young farmers who have outstanding requests for information from DAFM on these schemes need to return this information as soon as it is available to ensure eligibility and payment under the schemes.