Department to outline to farmers where issues have arisen on their GLAS plan

The Department of Agriculture has agreed to communicate with farmers outlining where issues have arisen on their GLAS plans as 9,000 farmers still await payment from the scheme, the IFA has confirmed.

Following a protest at the Department in Dublin yesterday, IFA President Joe Healy met with the Department and received assurances that there will be a weekly run of GLAS payments.

IFA insisted at the meeting that the numbers paid must be substantial.

Healy has called on the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to immediately pursue with the European Commission the IFA proposal that all farmers awaiting GLAS payments are now paid and that any issues surrounding plans would be sorted out later.

In addition, IFA also sought that where particular measures in a GLAS plan are cleared, payments should be made to farmers on these qualifying measures, even where there are issues with other measures in the plan.

The IFA protest at the Department was held on behalf of farmers awaiting payment due under the GLAS Agri-Environment Scheme.

Payments under the scheme were due in October, however more than 9,000 farmers have yet to be paid, despite having completed the actions required, incurring significant costs and planning fees in doing so.

Speaking at the protest, Healy said that it is absolutely unacceptable that farmers who joined the GLAS scheme almost two years ago, and who were promised payments last October are still waiting with no definite answers as to when they can expect to get paid.

“Farmers have upheld their side of the bargain, complying with the scheme and carrying out actions, at significant cost and effort.

“The Minister and Department of Agriculture need to show the same level of commitment and ensure that payments are made immediately.”