GLAS cash will arrive in time for Christmas

Gary Harte, Athenry and Hugh Greaney, Craughwell, enjoying the craic at the Loughrea Mart cattle sale last weekend. Photo: Hany Marzouk.
Gary Harte, Athenry and Hugh Greaney, Craughwell, enjoying the craic at the Loughrea Mart cattle sale last weekend. Photo: Hany Marzouk.

THE majority of GLAS particpants should have their money in the bank well in time for Christmas, after Agriculture Minister, Michael Creed confirmed the start of the advance payments last week.

In addition to over 50,000 ‘GLAS farmers’ a further 2,200 farmers – still in the old AEOS scheme – will also be getting their money in the post over the coming weeks.

The GLAS (Green, Low-Carbon, Agri-Enironment Scheme) participants will be receiving 85% of their full year payment as will the AEOS (Agri-Environment Options Scheme) farmers.

Minister Creed said that payments of close on €100m will be landing into farmers’ bank accounts before Christmas and he added that this followed on from ‘an excellent few weeeks’ of payments.

“We will be continuing to make GLAS advance payments in the coming weeks. Unfortunately, there are still a significant number of participants whose applications are incomplete at this point because they have yet to return outstanding documentation,” said the Minister.

Galway IFA Environment Committee Chairman, Bertie Roche, said that while he welcomed news of the start of payments, there were still concerns over a number of farmers now waiting around two years for their payments.

“We, do of course, welcome the news that the payments are starting and they are especially important this year given the fodder problems being experienced by many farmers, particularly in the West of Ireland.

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