Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Ceisteanna (207)

Michael Fitzmaurice


207. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason a number of GLAS payments (details supplied) are being held up, with his Department officials citing problems with information technology systems as the reason behind the delays; if the system is adequate; when the payments will be issued; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24459/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The person named was approved into GLAS 1 with a contract commencement date of 1 January 2016. Payments have been made for scheme years 2016, 2017 and the 2018 Advance.  

The delay to the balancing payment is due to a change request by the participant to his GLAS contract. The request was to withdraw part of the area claimed as Low Input Permanent Pasture (LIPP) and the entire Planting New Hedgerows action.  Force Majeure was granted in this case and the reimbursement of payment for the parcels withdrawn will not therefore apply.

Department officials are actively working to complete the necessary amendments in relation to the LIPP action to reflect these changes. GLAS balancing payments continue to issue on a weekly basis as issues with outstanding cases, such as this, are resolved.