‘Hold-up leaving countless farming families in severe financial difficulty’
Sligo News File Online
The Department of Agriculture has been accused of dragging their feet in distributing overdue payments to farmers in the North West.
Farmers in Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal and Cavan have been left waiting for the payments over the last few months, said Sligo Senator, Marc MacSharry
He said he has been inundated with calls from families complaining that they haven’t been able to get even an indication from the Department as to when the payments will be made.
Those affected, “are waiting longer now for the payments to be processed than they were before Christmas,” he said.
“It’s resulting in severe financial difficulty for countless farming families across the country and … preventing them from planning ahead.”
Hitting out at Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney, MacSharry said the minister has failed to ensure “a speedy application process” as a result of which farmers “are being left out of pocket.”
Minister Coveney, he said, “seems to think that farmers have thousands of euro in the bank to tide them over for months on end until they receive their farm payments. This is not the case for farmers here in the North West.
“Farmers have come through a very difficult period, particularly with the poor weather and flooding. The least they can expect is for their payments to be made on time.”
It is now time for Minister Coveney “to up his game and resolve these ridiculous delays in processing farm payments,” he said