Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D, has today announced the commencement of advance payments under GLAS (Green, Low-Carbon, Agri-Environment Scheme) 2018.
The first round of payments will commence from today, November 14th, with over €116 million to be paid out to over 33,000 participating farmers. This represents a 7,000 person increase on payments made in the initial tranche last year. The payment is also being issued two weeks earlier than last year.
Minister Creed spoke of his delight at being able to announce the payments ahead of schedule.
“I am delighted that these payments have commenced ahead of schedule and that we are paying more participants than before in the first pay run.” He said.
“This payment of €116m is also due to my securing the agreement of the EU Commission for a higher advance payment rate of 85% for 2018. These payments are a valuable support for farmers across Ireland and are a welcome boost to the wider rural economy” he continued.
Minister Creed also noted that this latest round of payments will bring the total payments issued to farmers in the past two months to in excess of one billion euros.
“This GLAS payment when added to the advance BPS payment and the ANC payments brings the total issued to Irish farmers in the last six weeks to some €1.1 billion.” Minister Creed noted.
“This is a significant boost to on-farm cash flows and once again marks Ireland at the forefront of EU member states in making advance payments on this scale”. He added.
Concluding, the Minister confirmed that there will be weekly GLAS pay runs from next week and he urged farmers with outstanding documentation such as Nutrient Management Plans, Commonage