UFU comment on CAP payments
Thursday, 30 November, 2017
The Ulster Farmers’ Union says that the issuing of balance and full CAP payments from 1st December will be a big boost to those farmers facing cash flow issues this winter. UFU deputy president, Ivor Ferguson, says, “It is our understanding that virtually all of these payments will be issued during the first week of December. Also, a considerable number of inspections cases have been cleared and many of those who did not receive an advance payment in October will now be paid in full. This will be a big relief to those farmers, especially after months of wet weather and increased winter feed bills and other costs looming.”
“We are often critical of DAERA, and rightly so, but in terms of this year’s CAP payments, I think many farmers will agree they should be commended on a job well done. Northern Ireland is the only region in the UK to have received an advance payment. This is testament to the efforts of farmers and DAERA to get the system working well,” says the UFU deputy president.
While this is good news for the vast majority of farmers, the UFU recognises that there will still be some that will have to wait for payments as their claims are queried for various reasons. “Waiting on a payment is beyond frustrating, especially after the difficult year we have had weather wise. We want to see DAERA apply the same drive in sorting out these outstanding claims as they have done in making advance payments and payments in full in December to ensure that those waiting receive their CAP payment without delay,” says Mr Ferguson.