The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has commenced issuing €3.5m in 2021 GLAS-plus payments.
Minister Charlie McConalogue announced the issuing of further 2021 advance payments under GLAS earlier today (Wednesday, December 8th, 2021).
The minister said that this payment run brings the total the DAFM has issued in GLAS payments to over €143 million this year.
GLAS participants, who undertake “particularly challenging actions”, may qualify for a GLAS-plus annual top-up payment of up to €2,000.
According to the DAFM, this applies where on-farm priority environmental assets require the farmer to deliver a “particularly high level of environmental commitment”.
2021 GLAS-Plus payments
In a statement, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, said:
“I am very pleased that GLAS-plus payments are issuing this week.”
“This brings total GLAS payments since the commencement of the GLAS scheme to a total of over €1.3 billion.”
He said farmers in “every county in Ireland” will welcome the issuing of further payments and the rate of issue.
“A key issue for my department is to ensure that scheme payments issue to farmers as early as possible.”
“In addition to the prompt issuing of payments, I am pleased that GLAS participants have the certainty of participating in the scheme again next year if they wish to do so.”
This comes on the back of funding the minister secured as part of Budget 2022.
McConalogue views GLAS as a “really important scheme” supporting farm family incomes and making a “positive” environmental benefit.
He said achieving the necessary level of funding is important to ensure the ongoing delivery of the scheme’s environmental benefits.
GLAS participants who wish to extend their GLAS contract to end December 2022 may apply to do so before December 10th, 2021 via the agfood.ie portal.
Other farming news: