Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1397)

Michael Healy-Rae


1397. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the GLAS scheme will be reopened to all farmers; if payments will issue to all farmers in a calendar year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35533/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Green Low-Carbon Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS) opened in three tranches commencing in 2015. The scheme is fully subscribed with GLAS 3 participants in their third year of participation in the five-year GLAS scheme and the overall RDP budget on track to be fully spent. There are no further tranches of the scheme planned.

All GLAS payment claims must pass a suite of checks before advance payments can issue and balancing payments can only commence when all regulatory controls, including inspections, have been met. 99% of 2018 scheme year advance payments have issued and less than 3% of balancing payments remain to be processed.

The GLAS Advance payments in respect of the 2019 scheme year cannot commence until after 15 October 2019.