IFA insist on early direct payments

IFA Deputy President Eddie Downey has met with the Department of Agriculture to insist on an early payout of direct payments to farmers to address the serious cashflow difficulties that have emerged on farms due to the very wet summer.

IFA Deputy President Eddie Downey has met with the Department of Agriculture to insist on an early payout of direct payments to farmers to address the serious cashflow difficulties that have emerged on farms due to the very wet summer.

The early payout of direct payments has never been more urgent given the very high costs that farmers have had to bear with this year. Many farmers have already utilised whatever fodder they have had and they will have to purchase additional feed over the coming winter.

Eddie Downey said Disadvantaged Area payments must commence in the third week of September, the 50% advance of the Single Farm Payment in mid October and the commencement of REPS 4 and AEOS 1 and 2 payments from the end of September.