“40,000 farmers waiting on EU subsidy payment is simply not good enough.” says Senator Joe O’Reilly

Senator O’Reilly spoke in the Seanad today calling for the payment of EU subsidies. At present on payout of the Single Farm Payment, the EU demands exact maps of the lands on which claims are made and the Department of Agriculture is still working to digitalise maps.

This has meant that plans to pay farmers half their annual EU subsidy early have run into difficulty, with 40,000 farmers having received no or only partial payments.
108,000 farmers who receive EU payments should have been paid half the single farm payment by now. This payment would have seen €635 million arriving in the rural economy in the past 10 days. However due to the delay under €500 million has been paid out so far.
“This is a huge deficit to the rural economy” declares Senator O’Reilly. “There are many farmers relying on this money, some farmers are reneging on payments because they simply do not have the funds”.
Senator O’Reilly believes that the Minister for Agriculture should deal with these mapping issues urgently.
It is not acceptable that almost 40,000 farmers should be let down at the last minute.

Senator Joe O'Reilly representing Cavan & Monaghan 2010. | An ExSite website