Exclusive: Environmental payments worth €10m issue to 15,000 farmers
First phase of GLAS 2016 balancing payments issues.
Almost €10m in environmental payments are issuing today to 15,000 farmers in the GLAS 1 and 2 scheme.
GLAS rewards farmers for carrying out a host of environmentally friendly actions on their farms with maximum payments set at €5,000 per annum
Today's balancing payment represents the final 15pc of the 2016 payment and completes the total payment for GLAS actions undertaken last year for 15,000 farmers.
Today’s payment of just under €10m brings to over €138m the total payments made to date in respect of GLAS 2016.
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed said commencing these GLAS balancing payments on schedule to almost 15,000 farmers today closes out the payment for actions last year to these participants.
"Our priority now is to continue to make payments to other eligible applicants and we will continue to make weekly payments to other eligible participants.
The Minister said the most significant outstanding issue for these applicants is the submission of a Farm Nutrient Management Plan (NMP).
"This is one of the four core actions set out at the start of the scheme to all GLAS participants.