14,000 GLAS Nutrient Management Plans still outstanding

There is a total of 14,000 Nutrient Management Plans (NMPs) outstanding from GLAS I and GLAS II participants, according to the latest figures from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

In order for GLAS participants to receive their balancing payments for 2016, they are required to submit their NMP to the department.

Farmers who do not have their NMPs submitted to the department – as part of their GLAS applications – are asked to do so as soon as possible.

The number of outstanding NMPs has approximately halved in the past two months. On June 13, AgriLand revealed that there was a total of 28,000 NMPs outstanding.

On August 1, the department revealed that further payments – equalling over €660,000 – were issued to farmers in the final week of July.

The department also asked farmers to ensure that their NMP is submitted in order to receive their balancing payment.

Over 11,000 Farm Improvement Plans submitted

Meanwhile, the department has also revealed that approximately 11,200 Farm Improvement Plans (FIPs) have been submitted and completed to date across all six sectors of the Knowledge Transfer (KT) Programme.

Close to 5,000 other FIPs are currently in the process of being completed by KT facilitators, the department added.

The number of completed FIPs has increased significantly in the past few weeks. On Wednesday, July 19, a total of 3,183 FIPs had been completed by participants, according to figures released by the department; another 8,006 were in progress.

The original deadline for the submission and completion of the FIPs under the KT Programme was May 31. However, that deadline was extended by two months to July 31.

In late July, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, decided to give more time to KT participants to submit their FIPs – thus extending the deadline for a second time.

With the new deadline of August 21 fast approaching, there are still close to 45% of KT participants who have yet to submit and complete their FIPs to the department.