IFA URGES IMMEDIATE GLAS PAYMENTS
IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has urged Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to make GLAS payments to all farmers who are still awaiting them.
The IFA Rural Development Chairman said there are still more than 10,000 farmers due an advance payment for 2017. Advance payments began in early December.
Joe Brady said that according to the Department of Agriculture there are more than 600 farmers whose nutrient management plans are outstanding, 880 whose commonage management plans have not been submitted, and 260 farmers whose documentation in relation to Low Emission Slurry Spreading has not been submitted.
Joe Brady pointed out that this is far less than the 10,000 farmers due a payment and there is no reason the remaining farmers cannot be paid.
“It is important that farmers and planners send in whatever documentation is required so that payments can be made”, the Rural Development Chairman said.
So far, €136m has been paid out under the 2017 GLAS scheme. IFA estimates that a further €60m is due to farmers under the 2017 scheme.