Close to €2 million in scheme payments issued to farmers last week
Close to €2 million in scheme payments was issued to farmers last week, according to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
Tweets published by the department’s official Twitter account outlined how payments were issued to farmers under the TAMS and the Green, Low-Carbon Agri-Environment (GLAS) schemes.
Earlier this morning, the department outlined how almost €1.1 million was paid out in TAMS grants last week alone.
Last week almost €1.1M was paid out in TAMS grants to farmers. Total of €17M paid to farmers this year with new payments issuing every week.
— Dept Agriculture IRL (@agriculture_ie) July 25, 2017
This has brought the total figure paid to farmers in 2017 to €17 million, with new payments being issued on a weekly basis to farmers.
Meanwhile, figures released by the department also revealed how payments – equalling €800,000 – were issued to participants in the GLAS scheme last week.
A total of 17,000 farmers have received their balancing payment under the scheme, the tweet added. Other participants have been advised to ensure that they have their Nutrient Management Plan properly submitted, in order for their balancing payment to be processed.
#GLAS payments of €800K issued last week, 17,000 farmers have now received balancing payment. Ensure your NMP is submitted to rec. payment.
— Dept Agriculture IRL (@agriculture_ie) July 24, 2017
GLAS balancing payments
Earlier this month, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, announced that the department was to begin to issue the 15% balancing payments owed to farmers – totalling €10 million – under the GLAS scheme.
Minister Creed revealed that these balancing payments would be issued to 15,000 farmers participating in either GLAS 1 or GLAS 2 at the end of the first week of July.
The department added that the €10 million – needed to carry out these balancing payments – would have brought the entire expenditure in relation to GLAS 2016 to date to over €138 million.