Over 7,500 farmers apply to GLAS III in one week
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.
The main objective of the scheme is to encourage actions at farm level that promote biodiversity, protect water quality, and help combat climate change.
Unlike the previous REPS Scheme GLAS is not a whole farm scheme but farmers must choose options/actions as in the recent AEOS scheme.
Unlike AEOS however an applicant must utilize a planner and all applications must be made via the Department's online system and prepared by a registered GLAS advisor.
In the case of most commonage farmers they will need to partake in a third requirement - a Commonage Management Plan.
There is also a training requirement in that all applicants will have to attend a course at some point following approval. For grassland farmers there are 33 actions that may be chosen for payment but when it gets down to a farm level only a handful of these may be suitable on any farm.