GLAS deadline window 'very short'

ICMSA environment chairman Patrick Rohan
ICMSA environment chairman Patrick Rohan
Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

Farmers are finding the upcoming closing date for the second tranche of GLAS "hugely problematic", according to the ICMSA.

Patrick Rohan, the rural affairs chair, said the window of time to apply was "very short" and urged Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to extend the date past December 7. He said the removal of some of the options such as hedgerow planting means people may have to rethink their options.

"These potential applicants now have to work with their planners to reassess whether inclusion is still viable," he said, adding they felt there wasn't sufficient time allowed.

He urged the department to signal early that there will be an extension of the duration to apply to allow farmers more time to meet with planners to try and meet the 10,000 target.

All applications are expected to be decided on in January.

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