Glas to Reopen in October

The Department of Agriculture has indicated to IFA that the third phase of GLAS will open for applications in mid-October. The target is for a total of more than 50,000 farmers to be in the GLAS scheme from January 1, 2017.

Almost 38,000 farmers are currently in the scheme, and due a full GLAS payment for 2016. This includes 26,263 farmers in GLAS I and 11,685 in GLAS II. Of these, 4,000 and 2,500 respectively are in GLAS+.

IFA is proposing a number of amendments to the GLAS scheme in the next phase. Among these are:

  • Improved payments across the wide range of measures
  • Increasing the maximum payment for GLAS and GLAS+
  • Restoration of 10ha limit for low input grassland
  • Restoration of hedge planting
  • Increasing the number of farmers who can qualify for GLAS+ in commonages and Natura areas
  • Allowing grain farmers to avail of GLAS+ where they have put green cover in for the total farm.

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