Tuesday, 11 April 2017
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Organic Farming Scheme Payments
662. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the position regarding organic farm payments; the reason there is a delay in payment; the expected timeframe for recipients to receive those payments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17638/17]
At present, 80% of Organic Farming Scheme participants have received their 85% advance payment in respect of 2016. Balancing payments have also started to issue in respect of the old Organic Farming Scheme.
The outstanding Organic Farming Scheme payments relate to cases where issues have been identified and follow up is required. These issues are being investigated and dealt with on a case by case basis. Once the outstanding issues are resolved, payment will issue.