Thousands of farmers hit by new GLAS hitch
Thousands of farmers have been told that they must wait until the autumn to apply for the GLAS.
Teagasc sent out letters this week to approximately 2,000 farmers informing them that their applications would not be processed in time for the May 22 deadline.
While affected farmers will have the option of contracting a private planner for the work, many of the biggest private planners have stopped taking new applicants in the last week.
"It would be reckless for us to take on any more clients at this stage," said Galway advisor, Fergal Monaghan.
The Teagasc letter states that it will take a number of weeks beyond the May 22 deadline to set up and process the last 20pc of applicants on the Department of Agriculture's system.
The state's agricultural research agency contracted Farm Relief Services (FRS) last year to process applications for the latest CAP environmental scheme.
"We regret to inform you of the possibility that despite our best efforts we may not be able to process your application before May 22 for Tranche 1," the letter states.
"Progress in the completion of GLAS plans has been very slow up to this point due to issues outside of Teagasc and FRS control.