IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has said planners must ensure that where their farmer clients included the low emission slurry spreading (LESS) measure in their GLAS plans, they return their LESS declaration forms by November 15th.
The Department of Agriculture has issued declaration forms to 2,200 farmers who applied for the LESS measure in GLAS. To date, just 36% of farmers in GLAS 1 and only 28% of those in GLAS 2 have returned the form. The Department of Agriculture has urged the prompt return of forms is vital to ensure GLAS payments can be processed.
Joe Brady has called on the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to immediately commence the process of payment of €170m to 38,000 farmers who are due a GLAS payment for 2016. He said, frustration is building up among farmers, some of whom joined the scheme as far back as May 2015 but who still have not seen the value of it with a full year payment.