GLAS PLUS payments amounting to over €675,000 have been issued to over 3,200 farmers by the Department of Agriculture.
The payments are made to farmers who undertake additional actions as part of their GLAS contract to deliver a higher environmental dividend.
Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed welcomed the payments which come shortly after GLAS balancing payments were made on 16 April. The payments were made a month earlier than last year and, to date, 93% of GLAS farmers have received balancing payments worth €28m.
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.”
Farmers in GLAS 1 and 2 have entered the final year of their contract which expire on 31 December 2020. GLAS 3 contracts will expire on 31 December 2021. Advance payments for 2020 are due to commence in mid-November.