GLAS TO REOPEN IN OCTOBER

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GLAS TO REOPEN IN OCTOBER
14 Jun 2016

GLAS TO REOPEN IN OCTOBER

Farm Schemes, Rural Development

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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