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IFA Rural Development Chairman, Joe Brady has welcomed the roll-out of GLAS payments to 33,000 participants under the scheme. He said that it is important that the remaining 16,000 participants are also paid without delay.

He said, “This 85% advance payment, worth €116m, is coming at a vital time with farm incomes under severe pressure following this most difficult year.”

The IFA Rural Development Chairman reminded farmers yet to submit documentation related to nutrient management plans (2093), commonage plans (11% of comanages / approx. 600 farmers), rare breeds and low emissions spreading to send it in immediately, or risk having their payment delayed.

Joe Brady concluded by saying that the Minister must address any outstanding issues related to 2016 and 2017 GLAS payments, as well as ensuring that the final 15% for 2018 is paid as soon as possible.

IFA Rural Development Chairman Flor McCarthy has called on the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to ensure that the full allocation of EU and National funds is utilised in the Rural Development plan which will be implemented following EU approval later in the year.

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