No priority access to GLAS for farmers who missed out on second tranche
Published 28/11/2016 | 09:18
The 2,000-plus farmers that were not accepted into the last tranche of GLAS will not get priority access to the third tranche of the scheme it has emerged.
The level of interest in the second tranche of GLAS (GLAS 2) resulted in those applications with the highest environmental priorities and actions in Tier 1 and Tier 2 being selected into the Scheme.
Now, the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed has that selection for the third tranche of GLAS (GLAS 3) into the Scheme will depend on the level of applications received within the funding available for the Scheme.
The same criteria for priority access to the Scheme as applied in previous tranches will be applied for GLAS 3 whereby Tier 1 will receive priority access to the Scheme, followed by Tier 2 and followed in turn by Tier 3.
“Farmers are therefore encouraged to present the highest standard of environmental plan under GLAS 3 and, where possible, to adopt actions that would promote them from Tier 3 to increase their chance of selection into the Scheme,” the Minister said.
The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and the Marine has recently announced the re-opening of the third tranche of the Green, Low-Carbon, Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS 3).
This week the Department informed IFA that 7,500 farmers have so far applied just over one week since the its website opened to applications.
The scheme closes on December 15 and according to the IFA it is vitally important that all applications are accepted to bring the total in GLAS to 50,000.