GLAS payments are now being issued to thousands of farmers countrywide, Agriculture, Food and Marine Minister, Simon Coveney, has announced.
He said this was another milestone for the roll-out of GLAS, one of the most attractive agri-environment schemes ever offered to Irish farmers.
“Interest in the second tranche of GLAS has again exceeded expectations, with over 14,000 applications submitted,” he said.
17,625 farmers, with a start date of October 1, 2015, will receive a first instalment payment of what is due for the period October to December.
The value of payments comes to €11.5m.
Minister Coveney said he was pleased to see such a proportion of tier-one and tier-two applications being submitted in this tranche, which together accounted for 80% of all applications.
Farmers will see the full value of their GLAS contracts realised in 2016, which is the first full year of their five-year contracts.
GLAS is the new agri-environment scheme, and is part of the €4bn Rural Development Programme, 2014-2020.
It ties in with the green vision for Irish agriculture, as contained in Food Harvest 2020, and as promoted by Bord Bia in the Origin Green campaign.
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