These payments are made to farmers who, as part of their GLAS contract, have undertaken to deliver additional GLAS actions that have the potential to deliver a higher environmental dividend.
These GLAS PLUS payments follow the 2019 GLAS balance payments, which commenced on 16 April, almost a month ahead of schedule. According to the Department, these payments will strengthen the
financial standing of Irish farmers already challenged by the COVID-19 crisis. To date over 93% of GLAS farmers have received their 2019 balance payment, amounting to a total value of almost €28m. Since the start of GLAS in 2015 farmers have received payments valued at over €800m under the scheme.
Commenting, Minister Creed stated: “I welcome the news that GLAS continues to exceed its delivery targets. My Department’s flexible response to the COVID-19 crisis has ensured that farmers receive their payments on time, and in many cases ahead of schedule. GLAS payments will continue to issue each week as outstanding case issues are resolved.”
All GLAS participants are reminded that GLAS 1 and 2 participation will continue until 31 December 2020 and GLAS 3 will continue until 31 December 2021.
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