27 September 2016
CREED ANNOUNCES INTERIM ARRANGEMENTS FOR COMMONAGE MANAGEMENT PLANS UNDER GLAS
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D. today announced his Department is putting arrangements in place to provide for the submission of interim Commonage Management Plans by the end of October 2016.
“In order to maximise the numbers of GLAS participants included under the final Commonage Management Plan process my Department is putting arrangements in place to provide for the submission of interim Commonage Management Plans by the end of October 2016. This process will ensure that payments can issue to all eligible GLAS participants at the same time later this year” said Minister Creed.
The Scheme provides for maximum basic payment of €5,000 per annum to participants on the basis of the range and quantity of environmental actions they deliver as part of their GLAS plan. On the basis of the commitments made by participants under the first two tranches of the Scheme, Commonage Management Plans will be prepared for a significant number of commonages nationally.
“The Green, Low-Carbon, Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS) launched in 2015 has been a major success with over 38,000 applicants approved for participation in the first two tranches of the Scheme. This represents the highest number of applicants ever approved for participation in an agri-environment scheme in a single year. It has also been extremely successful in the range of actions undertaken by participants in the five year scheme.” concluded Minister Creed. ENDS