Thousands of farmers to lose out as GLAS 2017 faces €36m underspend - McConalogue
The Fianna Fail spokesman on agriculture Charlie McConalogue has said that the total GLAS underspend will be close to €400m
McConalogue said that the 2017 Government allocation is €36m behind original €250m promise and that total GLAS underspend is on course to be close to €400m.
He said that some 5,500 GLAS 3 farmers will miss out with insufficient funding allocated.
“Figures released by Minister Michael Creed make for grim reading for thousands of farmers across the country who have signed up for GLAS. Despite committing to an annual spend of €250m per year, once 50,000 farmers had joined, only €214m has been allocated for GLAS in 2017", he said.
“38,000 farmers have joined GLAS to date. However, the 14,000 farmers who have submitted applications under GLAS III will be very worried now that they won’t be able to access the scheme.
“I’m calling on the Minster to ensure that all farmers are facilitated into the scheme as there is sufficient funding available, considering €1.45bn has been allocated over this RDP window to 2020.
“Only two months ago, Fianna Fáil exposed how the current GLAS scheme is on track to leave farmers at a loss of some €378m up until 2020 based on average payments and budget allocations to date."
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