GLAS scheme opens again - room for 12,000 more farmers
The third tranche of GLAS has been opened to farmers by the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed.
The first two tranches of GLAS, proved to be a major success, according to the Minister with a total of 38,000 participants approved into the scheme to date – a record number of entrants to any agri-environment scheme in a single year.
The overall target for GLAS is to attract at least 50,000 farmers into the scheme over its lifetime and Minister Creed commented that it was clear that GLAS was well on its way to meeting that target.
For the third and final tranche of GLAS, a small number of adjustments are being made to the actions available under the second tranche.
Some, will make it easier for farmers to adapt to the new regimes required, and will encourage greater uptake of measures. Others respond to the fact that we have achieved or exceeded targets in some areas.
“GLAS is a target-driven environmental scheme and from tranche-to-tranche we are required to adjust the menu of options available to ensure we meet the targets set for the full programme period.
“On the basis of the 38,000 GLAS plans approved to date, we have already met or exceeded the Rural Development Programme targets for some actions.
“Our top priority remains to attract farmers with Tier One Environmental Assets, like endangered birds, Natura habitat, commonage land and high-status watercourses,” Minister Creed said.