2019 advance payments in respect of the GLAS (Green, Low-Carbon, Agri-Environment Scheme) are commencing this week, according to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed.
38,000 farmers will receive payments valued at over €134m; they are being made earlier than last year and to a higher number of farmers than previous years of the scheme.
The Minister said: “These payments are a valuable support for farmers across Ireland and are a welcome boost to the wider rural economy.”
“I am delighted that these payments have commenced ahead of schedule and 10 days earlier than last year. I have also secured EU Commission agreement for the higher advance payment rate of 85% for 2019.”
The Minister confirmed that the number of farmers paid in this initial tranche of advance payments represents an increase of 5,000 over the number of farmers paid in the first-round last year.”
Minister Creed said that GLAS is delivering significant climate, biodiversity and water quality benefits on Irish farms.
“It is important to recognise the value of these public goods and the role which the CAP plays in delivering them. I would encourage all stakeholders to engage with the CAP consultation process currently underway to help shape the future of Irish agri-environment policy.”
Concluding, the Minister reminded scheme participants that payments will continue to issue under this scheme as individual cases are cleared, and weekly pay runs will be in place over the coming weeks to ensure this.
Farmers who have been contacted by the Department with queries in relation to their applications or have outstanding documentation such as rare breed or low emission spreading forms should respond and ensure they meet the Scheme requirements at their earliest convenience in order to facilitate payment.
The Minister also urged the small number of GLAS 3 participants who have not yet completed a GLAS training course to do so immediately.
The GLAS helpdesk for farmers with queries can be contacted at 076 106 4451
Extended hours are in place for the GLAS helpdesk. On Saturday, November 9th, farmers can call the Department between 9.00 am to 1.00pm. In addition, extended hours up to 8.30 pm will be available from Monday, November 11th to Wednesday, November 13th.