Fianna Fail’s Agriculture spokesman Charlie McConalogue has said that GLAS III will not accommodate all its applicants and that the entire scheme is in underspend with only €214 million allocated for 2017.
The Government had previously promised an annual spend of €250 m per year, a shortfall of some €36 million.
“I’m calling on the Minster to ensure that all farmers are facilitated into the scheme as there is sufficient funding available, considering €1.45bn has been allocated over this RDP window to 2020.’ McConalogue said.
“Only two months ago, Fianna Fáil exposed how the current GLAS scheme is on track to leave farmers at a loss of some €378 million up until 2020 based on average payments and budget allocations to date.’
“This is an appalling situation given the severe cash flow crisis facing farmers. This money must stay with farmers. Fianna Fáil will continue to campaign strongly and hold the Government to account on this”.
GLAS payments have been severely delayed this year with payments only now being processed. A recent That’s Farming poll revealed that 60% of farmers would not have signed up to GLAS had they have known of the delays in funding in the first place.