GLAS pays only €3,445 claims Ó Cuív

Éamon Ó Cuív
Éamon Ó Cuív

Average payments in the GLAS scheme are likely to be less than €3,500, despite original projections from the Department of Agriculture that farmers would benefit to the tune of €5,000 each from the new environmental scheme.

Fianna Fáil's Éamon Ó Cuív claimed that figures released by the Department of Agriculture on the participation rates so far suggest that farmers will be receiving no more than €3,445 on average.

More than half of the money will be allocated for permanent pasture measures, while this figure increases to 90pc when watercourses, wild bird cover and hedgerows are included.

Farmers have less than a month to apply for the second tranche of GLAS, as the first entrants to the scheme receive letters in the post.

Some 24,500 farmers have been approved for the new agri-environment scheme, with 400 failing to meet the minimum criteria.

A further 2,000 applications have been delayed due to incomplete information, with half of those facing issues on the low input permanent pasture.

The closing date for GLAS II is December 7, with approval expected by January. Full payment for GLAS I is expected in December.

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