€3.2 million was issued in GLAS Payments to farmers last month, bringing the total amount issued to farmers to €144 million.
Following the submission of Farm Nutrient Management Plan (NMP), it is believed that 4,000 farmers received their balancing payment in the last number of weeks.
GLAS I and GLAS II participants have been urged to work on their plan in conjunction with their Teagasc or private consultancy advisors, in order avoid delays regarding the issuing of their payment.
Less than 950 farmers are yet to submit outstanding documentation in order to allow for the processing of their 2016 payment.
The Green Low-Carbon Agri-Environment scheme was established as part of the Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014-2020.
The scheme has a green vision for Agriculture and incorporates:
- Preservation of our traditional hay meadows
- low-input pastures; low-carbon as it retains the carbon stocks in soil through margins,
- Habitat preservation
- Practices such as minimum tillage and Agri-environment as it promotes agricultural actions.
- Application of agricultural production methods compatible with the protection of the environment, water quality, the landscape and its features, endangered species of flora and fauna and climate change mitigation.
Core Management Requirements (Compulsory actions)
- An approved Agricultural planner must prepare the GLAS application.
- Nutrient Management Planning
- Training in environmental practices and standards
- Record keeping of actions delivered.
In summary, the scheme aims to address the cross-cutting objectives of Climate Change, Water Quality and Biodiversity.
The scheme was further sub-divided into Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3.
Actions were group according to their nature which included priority, secondary and general.
A number of possible options that could be undertaken as part of the general actions included Bat Boxes, Bird Boxes, Catch Crops, minimum tillage and traditional hay meadows.
They were chosen by parties in addition to Tier 1 and Tier 2 actions.
Many farmers expressed frustration followed the delay issuing of payments in 2016.
In January of this year, some 10,000 farmers were left waiting for their GLAS payments.
Almost €10 million is believed to have made its way to 15,000 farmers as part of tranche 1 and 2 of the GLAS scheme in July.
It has been reported that 11,000 farmers are still awaiting the remaining 15% of their payment in part after failing to submit their Nutrient Management Plan.
According to documentation, all land must be soil sampled, with exceptions including mountain land and rough grazing and commonage lands.
A failure to submit the relevant documentation means that both the 2016 and 2017 payments will be held up.
2017 GLAS Payments are set to be worth in the region of €220 million are due to some 50,000 farmers.
Payments are set to start in November.
IFA has sought an increase to 85% in the advance payment made in November.