GLAS PLUS top-up payments issue to farmers

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has issued Green Low-Carbon Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS) PLUS payments amounting to over €675,000 to 3,200 GLAS farmers.

These payments are made to farmers who, as part of their GLAS contract, have undertaken to deliver additional GLAS actions that have the potential to deliver a higher environmental dividend.

Welcoming this news, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed noted that these GLAS PLUS payments come hot on the heels of the 2019 GLAS balance payments which commenced on April 16, almost a month ahead of schedule.

These payments will strengthen the financial standing of Irish farmers already challenged by the Covid-19 crisis, according to the department.

To date over 93% of GLAS farmers have received their 2019 balance payment, amounting to a total value of almost €28 million. Since the start of GLAS in 2015 farmers have received payments valued at over €800 million under the scheme.

Minister Creed commented on the effective response of his department to the current crisis and on the prompt delivery on payment commitments in challenging working conditions.

These payments will strengthen the financial standing of Irish farmers already challenged by the Covid-19 crisis.

Minister Creed said: “I welcome the news that GLAS continues to exceed its delivery targets.

My department’s flexible response to the Covid-19 crisis has ensured that farmers receive their payments on time, and in many cases ahead of schedule. GLAS payments will continue to issue each week as outstanding case issues are resolved.

All GLAS participants are reminded that GLAS 1 and 2 participation will continue until December 31, 2020, and GLAS 3 will continue until December 31, 2021.