English urges Meath farmers and public to be part of CAP 2020 Consultation Process

Farming

Thursday, 25th January 2018

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD,
has announced his intention to launch a public consultation process on
the future of the CAP post 2020, and local Meath West Fine Gael T.D.
and Minister, Damien English, has urged all Meath farmers snd
interested members of the public to get involved and have their say.
Minister English noted that the Agri Food sector in Meath is worth
nearly half a Billion Euro to the local and national economy, and its
future must be safe guarded, especially in a post BREXIT European
Union.

A consultation meeting will take place in the Newgrange Hotel on
Tuesday, 13th February, which will be attended by Ministers Creed and
English, and Meath farmers are urged to attend that night between 8pm
and 10pm and have their say on the future of CAP. There will be public
meetings like Navan in other parts of the country also during February
2018.

The public meetings are part of a wider consultation process which
will be open for an eight week period from Friday 26th January 2018 to
Friday 23rd March 2018.

This consultation comes against the background of the launch of the
European Commission’s Communication on the future of food and farming
last November 2017. With legislative proposals underpinning the future
CAP expected in June 2018, Irish citizens and farmers will now have an
opportunity to have an input.

Written submissions should be sent by email to
cap_post2020@agriculture.gov.ie or by post to EU Division, Department
of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Floor 6 Centre, Agriculture
House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 marked “Submission on CAP post 2020”.
The deadline for receipt of submissions is 23rd March 2018.

A consultation document and blank submission form will be available on
the Department’s website [from the 26th January 2018] at the following
address:-

https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/farmerschemespayments/

They will also be available on request from EU Division, telephone
number 01 6072183 or email to cap_post2020@agriculture.gov.ie

ENDS

Minister English seeks clarity from Agriculture Minister on GLAS payments

European issues, Farming, Funding, Meath, North Meath, Wesmeath

Local Fine Gael T.D. for Meath West and Minister for Housing and Urban
Renewal Damien English has recently raised the issue of GLAS payments
with the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed T.D.  He stressed the
importance of prompt payments to farmers as vital source of business
cashflow and for future planning.  He also stressed the need for any
outstanding issues to be clarified as quickly and efficiently as
possible, and that the end customer, the farmer, should not be
penalised or delayed for issues that are outside of his or her
control, like capacity in the Department.

Minister English has been advised of the following position by
Minister Creed, and felt it important to share with local media and
the local farming community:

The 2016 GLAS payments underway since December 2016 represent the
first full year payment schedule under the GLAS scheme.  To date
27,400 of the 37,500 participants in the scheme have received 85% of
their payment totalling almost €100 million.

Minister Creed is keen to provide clarity to farmers awaiting payment
at this stage. Furthermore, in order to ensure outstanding payments
are issued without delay, all resources from an I.T. and
administrative perspective are being directed towards resolving the
outstanding issues.

All GLAS applications must pass regulatory controls and validations as
is this the case with all EU co-funded schemes.  The outstanding cases
relate to applications that did not pass these checks and in the
majority of cases is due to a query on a selected GLAS action or a
land parcel on their holding.  All of these cases must be reviewed on
a case by case basis to determine if the actions involved should be
removed from the scheme or allowed to proceed to payment.

Examples of issues leading to delayed payments are as follows:

Declaration of an incompatible parcel usage for GLAS action chosen
Changes in parcel boundaries on which a GLAS action is chosen
including splitting or merging of parcels
An applicant no longer claiming parcel on BPS 2016
Incomplete documentation such as incorrect information on Low-Emission
Slurry declaration
Incomplete interim commonage management plans
Incompatible data and parcel history on Department databases

It is not yet possible to provide a definitive timeframe for the
completion of payments due to the individual nature of the outstanding
issues, however every effort is being made to process all payments as
quickly as possible.  The Minister understands and regrets the
difficulty this uncertainty will cause for farmers involved and is
being updated on a continuous basis by his officials on progress.  A
further payment run is due this week and it is expected that over
1,000 payments will issue. Further payment runs will be made on a
weekly basis as cases are cleared.  The Minister is satisfied that
every effort possible is being made to complete this process as
quickly as possible.