PARTICIPANTS in the GLAS environmental scheme will get a little boost to their cashflow situation this week with the issuing of the 15% balancing payment for 2017 – the average payout works out at €623.
Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, has confirmed that the payments of the GLAS money will start this week, worth a total of €17.5 million to 28,000 farmers across the country.
However, the Dept. of Agriculture have pointed out that a significant number – 17,000 – of GLAS participants need to complete requirements under the scheme before they can get paid.
The main issue involved for that cohort of participants relates to the submission of a Farm Management Nutrient Plan (NMP) for GLAS 3 participants.
There are also cases where a Common Management Plan (CMP) on the online system needs to be finalised while some GLAS 1 and GLAS 2 participants have not yet completed their GLAS training.
In the cases where participants have outstanding actions to complete, they have been contracted by the Department with advice as to how they should proceed to bring everything ‘up to speed’.
According to Minister Creed, the GLAS balancing payments to 28,000 farmers will now be achieved two months earlier than last year – ‘coming on top of over 99% of all eligible GLAS participants already being fully up to date with their payments under the scheme’.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.