Waterford farmers still waiting on final GLAS payment
Waterford Fianna Fáil TD, Mary Butler has said that the Department of Agriculture must ensure that the 12% of farmers in the county who are waiting for their GLAS balancing payment get their money before Christmas.
Deputy Butler was commenting after receiving an update on the numbers of farmers waiting for GLAS I, II or III payments for 2017.
“A total of 598 farmers were eligible under the 2017 scheme. However, 75 farmers are still waiting for the final 15% payment. This is disappointing as it is now mid-November, and Christmas is less than seven weeks away.
“75 might seem like a small number but it’s 12% of the total number of eligible farmers. GLAS payments form an integral part of farm incomes in Co. Waterford, and delays in payment can have an impact on cash flow for the business and for the family.
“I am calling on the Department of Agriculture to work through any of the administrative delays and ensure that farmers get the money they are owed as quickly as possible.
“We are now moving to a point where 2018 payments will soon start to be issued, and I think it would better for all concerned if the 2017 payments were closed off quickly,” concluded Butler.