Of the 24,543 farmers signed up to the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) for 2018, some 2,511 are still awaiting payment, representing 10% of applicants.

As of 11 January, 22,032 farmers have been paid €39.52m.

In response to a parliamentary question from Fianna Fáil’s Charlie McConalogue, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed said those still awaiting payment had yet to pass all the required approval checks.

Minister Creed said: “All participants who have passed approval checks are paid. Further payments will continue to be made over the coming weeks as more participants become fully compliant with the requirements of the programme.”

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BDGP payments made to 22,000 farmers, but more to come