IFA Rural Development Chairman Tom Turley has said that the commencement of AEOS payments this week is long overdue and must be immediately extended to all farmers who applied for the scheme in 2010.
Mr. Turley said the payments relate to the number of months farmers were in the scheme in 2010. 5,600 farmers had a start date of September 1st and are due four months payment, and 2,800 farmers who have Natura land have a start date of November 1st and are due two months payment. Over the past few days, 75% of the payment due has been made to nearly 2,000 farmers, with the remaining 25% due shortly. Around €1.2m has now been paid and IFA estimate that €8m is owed to farmers and this must be paid out without further delay.
The IFA Rural Development Chairman reminded farmers who have queries on their applications to respond immediately so that their application can be processed by the Department of Agriculture.