“Delayed payments for farmers has been going on for years”- Kevin Comiskey, vice chairman of the IFA’ national sheep committee

A leading IFA official in the north west says the problem of delayed payments for farmers due to the need for satellite inspections of their land has been going on for years.

Some farmers who had been expecting payments are now being told their applications are subject to what’s called ‘remote sensibility inspections.’

Usually, the purposes of such inspections are to ensure that the actual claimed area in the application form corresponds to the area farmed by the applicant, that the crop types are as claimed and that ineligible land or features are not included for payment purposes.

Kevin Comiskey, from Leitrim, vice chairman of the IFA’s national sheep committee, says if there is a problem with applications, at least a part payment should be made to farmers.