Almost €100 million issues to farmers through GLAS and AEOS payments
The 2017 advance payments for the two main agri-environment schemes are commencing this week.
The two schemes are the Green, Low-Carbon, Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS) and the Agri-Environment Options Scheme (AEOS) and both are co-funded by the European Union under Ireland’s Rural Development Programme.
Advance payments represent 85% of the full year payment for 2017 after the Minister secured permission from the European Commission for a higher advance payment rate for farmers this year.
2017 AEOS payments will also commence to the 2,200 participants who are still in that scheme.
GLAS payments are issuing this year on a structured rolling basis with payments to continue to issue on an on-going manner with a number of further payruns expected before the end of the year.
Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed said he was pleased that we are meeting our commitment to commence advance payments for these schemes.
"Payments worth close to €100 million will be landing in farmers’ bank accounts this week.
"These payments come on top of an excellent few weeks for payments including allocations under the Basic Payment Scheme, Areas of Natural Constraint and Sheep Welfare schemes. At this stage over €1 billion has issued to Irish farmers in recent weeks.”