Farmers await €135m in farm payments – Naughten

In Agriculture, Roscommon-South Leitrim by Denis Naughten

P1010517 (1)The delay in issuing 36,219 farm payments at an estimated value of €135.26m has is “placing undue financial hardship on families”, according to Denis Naughten TD.

“Famers are forced to carry the cost of delayed payments and many require payments to meet loans and other bills,” stated Denis Naughten. “Nationally, the highest numbers of delayed payments are in counties Galway, Mayo and Donegal.

“It is hugely frustrating that even though farmers submitted their applications over five months ago, all of the almost 7,000 farmers who had a satellite inspection have had their payments delayed. What has the Department been doing over this period?

“While many of these hold ups are due to relatively minor ‘mapping issues’, the delay will cause severe financial hardship for many farm families as they pay outstanding bills and plan for Christmas.

“In such cases, an interim payment should be issued to farmers, which will at least help them to meet bills and bank repayments,” concluded Denis Naughten.

ENDS.

Editor’s note: see Dáil replies.
               Parliamentary Question No. 84  
 
 
 
 
To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of farmers on a county basis awaiting the first instalment of their Basic Payment and Area of Natural Constraints Scheme payments respectively; the corresponding value of payments outstanding; if he will ensure that a partial payment is made to all farmers while outstanding issues are being resolved; the corresponding number awaiting the final instalment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. 

– Denis Naughten. 
 

 
For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday, 4th November, 2015. 
 
Ref No: 38541/15 
 
 

REPLY 
 

The Minister for Agriculture, Food   and the Marine : (Simon Coveney) 

The tables below show, at a county level, the n umber of applicants, the number of applicants   paid   the number of applicants not paid and   the total amount paid to date under both the Basic Payments Scheme and the Areas of Natural Constraints .
 
It is not possible to calculate the amount of payment outstanding at county level as requested by the Deputy. This is because for outstanding cases under both schemes there may be outstanding queries which, when resolved, may have an impact on the level of payment due. My Department is prioritising the processing of all such outstanding cases with regular payment runs continuing over the coming weeks.    Balancing payments of 27% will begin to issue from 1 December, with the final instalment (3%) due for payment in 2016. 
 
 
 
2015 A reas of N atural C onstraints S cheme s tats

County 
Number of applicants 
Number Paid 
Number Not Paid 
€ Amount paid to date 
Carlow 
760 
613 
147 
1,290,808.77 
Cavan 
4,866 
4029 
837 
8,283,472.30 
         
Clare 
6,115 
5066 
1049 
11,459,218.56 
         
Cork 
7,079 
5473 
1606 
12,439,126.76 
         
Donegal 
8,625 
6448 
2177 
14,510,067.35 
         
Dublin 
150 
104 
46 
217,216.46 
         
Galway 
12,015 
9212 
2803 
19,197,440.31 
         
Kerry 
7,752 
5895 
1857 
14,135,628.69 
         
Kildare 
528 
406 
122 
765,568.91 
         
Kilkenny 
1,784 
1373 
411 
2,918,137.04 
         
Laois 
1,727 
1380 
347 
2,783,433.96 
         
Leitrim 
3,527 
2784 
743 
6,123,403.55 
         
Limerick 
2,956 
2356 
600 
4,657,616.62 
         
Longford 
2,399 
1930 
469 
4,000,453.70 
         
Louth 
803 
614 
189 
1,058,092.75 
         
Mayo 
11,598 
8902 
2696 
18,284,104.42 
         
Meath 
1,357 
1113 
244 
2,017,484.59 
         
Monaghan 
4,113 
3411 
702 
6,487,609.91 
         
Offaly 
2,427 
1946 
481 
3,781,757.50 
         
Roscommon 
5,751 
4560 
1191 
9,650,046.79 
         
Sligo 
4,053 
3244 
809 
6,820,794.21 
         
Tipperary 
4,525 
3637 
888 
7,788,645.94 
         
Waterford 
1,445 
1113 
332 
2,413,787.28 
         
Westmeath 
2,690 
2158 
532 
4,151,632.59 
         
Wexford 
1,504 
1125 
379 
2,116,615.15 
         
Wicklow 
1,836 
1370 
466 
3,211,376.88 
         
Totals 
102,385 
80 , 262 
22 , 123 
170,563,540.99 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
2015 Basis Payment Scheme 

County  Num Eligible BPS  Num Paid  Number not Paid  Amt Paid 
CARLOW 
1560 
1321 
239 
12 , 813 , 987.31 
CAVAN 
4551 
4115 
436 
20 , 147 , 118.73 
         
CLARE 
5818 
5364 
454 
27 , 835 , 545.74 
         
CORK 
12336 
10563 
1 , 773 
86 , 604 , 519.78 
         
DONEGAL 
8028 
7150 
878 
29 , 248 , 033.92 
         
DUBLIN 
599 
488 
111 
4 , 241 , 150.18 
         
GALWAY 
11480 
10190 
1 , 290 
46 , 018 , 451.98 
         
KERRY 
7415 
6569 
846 
34 , 678 , 844.5 0 
         
KILDARE 
1991 
1684 
307 
16 , 281 , 296.65 
         
KILKENNY 
3207 
2718 
489 
27 , 576 , 043.03 
         
LAOIS 
2743 
2355 
388 
20 , 398 , 548.8 0 
         
LEITRIM 
3265 
2930 
335 
10 , 439 , 213.19 
         
LIMERICK 
4771 
4386 
385 
28 , 999 , 110.79 
         
LONGFORD 
2267 
2032 
235 
11 , 139 , 984.93 
         
LOUTH 
1449 
1235 
214 
10 , 092 , 305.3 0 
         
MAYO 
11042 
9809 
1 , 233 
36 , 238 , 884.82 
         
MEATH 
3590 
3201 
389 
29 , 418 , 140.82 
         
MONAGHAN 
3860 
3543 
317 
17 , 284 , 531.29 
         
OFFALY 
2921 
2552 
369 
19 , 501 , 018.39 
ROSCOMMON 
5448 
4864 
584 
23 , 333 , 579.87 
SLIGO 
3834 
3505 
329 
13 , 881 , 406.4 0 
TIPPERARY 
6566 
5785 
781 
53 , 057 , 046.03 
         
WATERFORD 
2286 
1912 
374 
19 , 830 , 223.33 
         
WESTMEATH 
2849 
2483 
366 
17 , 910 , 367.03 
         
WEXFORD 
3796 
3141 
655 
29 , 753 , 852.52 
         
WICKLOW 
2007 
1688 
319 
14 , 354 , 219.25 
         
Total 
119 , 679 
105 , 583 
14,096 
661 , 077 , 424.6 0 
         

Parliamentary Question No.  83
 
 
To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of applications under the Basic Payment Scheme that were listed for a remote satellite inspection; when the remote inspection took place; the reason this data has yet to be returned to his Department; if it is acceptable that farmers should have their payments delayed due to administrative delays in performing such remote inspections given that the contractor and his Department had in excess of three months to complete such an examination; if he will release a partial payment to farmers given that these delays are completely outside of their control; and if he will make a statement on the matter. 

– Denis Naughten. 
 

 
For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday, 4th November, 2015. 
 
Ref No: 38540/15 
 
 

REPLY 
 

The Minister for Agriculture, Food   and the Marine : (Simon Coveney) 

EU Regulations gov erning the Basic Payment Scheme requires my Department to carry out administrative checks to verify that the eligibility conditions for aid have been met. The regulations also require that these administrative checks be supplemented by on-the-spot checks, i.e. ground and/or remote sensing inspections.   Furthermore the regulations state that payments due under the Direct Payment scheme s shall not be made before the verification of the eligibility conditions have been finalised. In submitting an application under the Direct Payment Schemes and other area-based schemes, an applicant agrees to comply with the conditions of these schemes. 
 
In order to reduce the number of on farm inspections and to remove the need for an initial farm visit my Department has moved to increase the use of remote sensing inspections using satellite imagery. In 2015 6,805 cases were selected for inspection remotely. All   6 , 805   cases been initiated. A pprox imately 5 , 000 have been concluded and any payments due following application verification checks have issued. It is my Department  s intention to finalise all outstanding remote s ensing cases as soon as possible. 
 
Where an individual application has been selected for a remote sensing inspection no payment can issue to the applicant until the inspection has been completed and the results are fully processed. EU regulations do not allow partial payments for these cases.