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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Most GLAS farmers yet to send back slurry spreading data

Published 08/11/2016 | 06:00

The Department of Agriculture says farmers’ 2016 GLAS payment cannot be processed until this form is returned and approved for payment.
The Department of Agriculture says farmers’ 2016 GLAS payment cannot be processed until this form is returned and approved for payment.

The majority of farmers in GLAS who choose low emission slurry spreading as an option have yet to return declaration forms to the Department.

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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 15.

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.

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