Anger as young farmers face CAP payments wait

Young farmers are angry over ongoing delays in Common Agricultural Policy payments, Macra na Feirme president Seán Finan has claimed.

He said young farmers were depending on payments in December, but have not yet received anything.

Mr Finan said he had been contacted by young farmers who are under severe financial pressure due to the payment delays.

“These young farmers are having difficulty in communicating with the Department of Agriculture to gain an understanding of the cause of the delays.

"The financial hardship is causing severe pressure for many young farmers. Macra are seeking to quickly resolve these delays,” he said.

Mr Finan said delay in the Basic Payment Scheme is also of concern to young farmers who are farming in partnership.

Macra is also seeking clarification on delays to payments due to farmers who recently started agricultural education.

“We are also looking for an update on payments due to young farmers relating to Basic Payment Scheme top-ups and national reserve,” he said.

Mr Finan said the purpose of a requested meeting with the Department is to gain a full understanding of the issues behind these delays and to try to expedite matters.


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