Following Budget 2019, IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady said there must be no delay in the delivery of direct payments. He said that Minister Creed must ensure that these payments, which “play a critical role in supporting farm incomes”, arrive on time.
Mr. Brady welcomed the additional allocation of €23m to the ANC scheme for 2019.
“This will bring the total allocation to €250m, which is the level it was at pre-recession. IFA will be insisting that new payments are put forward to Brussels without delay.
“In addition, IFA is demanding that no farmer loses out in the upcoming review of ANCs and that the payment rates reflect the natural handicap. As part of the next CAP Rural Development Plan post-2020 the annual allocation for ANCs must reach €300m,” he said.
In relation to TAMS, Joe Brady again expressed concern that this year’s allocation of €70m will not be spent (the projected spend for the year is €60m). Even if the €70m allocated for 2019 is spent, it leaves a total of €230m unspent, with only one year remaining in the scheme.
On Agri-Environmental Schemes Joe Brady said that the allocation for GLAS at €203m should allow all farmers to be paid on time next year.