Minister Andrew Doyle has announced today that the issuing of over 6,000 GLAS payments have been delayed, due to farmers not submitting their Nutrient Management plans.
Minister Doyle said these lack of Nutrient Management plans, which are required under the GLAS scheme. Over 6,000 farmers have failed to submit them as part of their applications, meaning they do not meet the grant requirements.
He made the announcement at the Dáil yesterday and said each plan is required for submission on behalf of each participant before 2016 any future of previous balancing payments will be issued. This includes advance payments for 2017, announced by Minister Creed last week.
Minister Doyle said over 80% of applicants had submitted their plans. He insisted these cannot be classified as delayed payments as it is the farmer’s own fault for not submitting the plans. He confirmed that over 30,000 farmers had already submitted their plans and have begun receiving their balancing payments.
Minister Doyle said the requirement of the Nutrient Management Plan has been well documented and said no further GLAS payments would be issued in the future unless they are submitted. He said they have been in regular communication with farmers and their representatives over the issue and says the media was even used to increase awareness in the requirement.
Mr. Doyle called on the remaining 6,000 to get their plans in ASAP, as he said the department are already preparing for the issuing of advance payments.