The majority of farmers involved in the Agri-Environmental Options Scheme (AEOS) have received their payments. However, there are still some outstanding payments to be made to farmers participating in tranche two of the scheme.

A further 180 applicants are yet to have their payments finalised, down from 500 at the end of July, a Department official has revealed. According to the spoksperson, the hope is to have all payments cleared in the near future: “It is expected that all these cases will be finalised shortly.”