The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., has announced that almost €10m in GLAS balancing payments are issuing today to 15,000 farmers in the GLAS 1 and 2 scheme.
The balancing payment represents the final 15% 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.
Commenting on the payments the Minister said “I am delighted to be commencing these GLAS balancing payments on schedule to almost 15,000 farmers today. This 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 added “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. It was made one of the core actions due to the significant
economic and environmental benefits which an NMP can have for a farmer in determining how best to manage their holding. The 2016 balancing payment to GLAS I and GLAS II participants can only be made when the plan has been submitted and I would encourage all GLAS participants to
work with their advisor and have this plan submitted as soon as possible”.
The Minister concluded by noting that there are some GLAS applicants who have applied for a 2016 advance payment but have to submit relevant documentation or other information to the Department. The Minister encouraged these applicants to respond to the Department as quickly as
possible in order to try and advance their payment.
First tranche available to tillage farmers attracts large volume of applications
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today announced the results of the latest tranche of the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme (TAMS) which closed last Friday. This was the seventh tranche available to farmers and 1,835 applications were received.
Almost 500 of these applications were from tillage farmers who can now apply for grants for the first time since the scheme was made available to their sector last year.
Commenting on this the Minister said “I am very pleased with the level of interest shown in the seventh tranche of the TAMS scheme, particularly in the new Tillage Capital Investment Scheme under which almost 500 applications were approved. The TAMS scheme is an essential element in our
Rural Development Programme and these capital investments will drive growth and competitiveness on Irish farms while at same time bringing about significant improvements in areas such as animal health and welfare and environmental sustainability”.
The suite of seven measures available under TAMS II was launched under the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 and is co-funded under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
Minister Creed concluded “The eighth tranche is now open to cover the period from 1 July 2017 to 6 October 2017. There are still significant numbers of farmers out there with existing approvals from previous tranches who have yet to submit a payment application. I would encourage all of those farmers who have existing approvals to act on them and draw down the generous funding available. We have paid out €15m this year and are continuing to make payments every week”.