ICMSA has called for GLAS amendments to make the scheme attractive for highly stocked farmers and farmers with small acreages.
John Comer, President of the dairy farmers’ grouping, said the rules for low emission slurry spreading, for example, were too inflexible.
He said the 100% low emission spreading requirement is too high, and a farmer should be allowed switch to the traditional method in the event of ground conditions not being suitable for the heavier low emission equipment.
He said many REPS participants, particularly dairy farmers, have walked away from GLAS, and specific groups of farmers are excluded by rules which make GLAS impossible for them. He called for a review of GLAS options for such farmers, before the second tranche, and said small amendments could have a big impact.
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