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With farmers now being notified on their acceptance into the first phase of GLAS it is vital that the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney gives a clear commitment that all farmers who apply for the second phase of the scheme will also be accepted, IFA Rural Development Chairman Flor McCarthy has said.

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IFA Rural Development Chairman Flor McCarthy said the priority for Minister Coveney must be to make GLAS available to more than 20,000 farmers from October. This would bring the total in the scheme to nearly 50,000 in 2016 which is in line with commitments laid out in the 2014-2020 RDP.

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IFA Rural Development Chairman Flor McCarthy has called on the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to give a definite date for the re-opening of GLAS in the autumn to give farmers ample opportunity to join the scheme. This follows confirmation that 27,000 joined GLAS before the end of May closure. IFA is insisting that all of those farmers are accepted into the scheme.

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