447 Wicklow farmers to receive €1.6 million in GLAS Advance Payments

Simon Harris and Bull

Wicklow Minister Simon Harris has confirmed 447 Wicklow farmers will collectively receive €1.6 million from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine under the GLAS Advance Scheme.

The Green Low-Carbon Agri-Environment Scheme offers financial support for participants who commit to and carry out actions that enhance the rural environment.

GLAS offers a maximum payment of €5,000 per year to participants to commit to carrying out a GLAS plan of actions. Some farmers undertaking particularly challenging actions may qualify for GLAS+ which provides a top-up payment of up to €2,000 per year. Farmers must commit to a GLAS plan for a minimum of five years.

Minister Harris said

“I want to congratulate the 447 Wicklow farmers that are set to receive €1.6 million in funding from the GLAS Advance programme over the coming days.

I have long supported local farmers in Wicklow and am glad to see this payment coming in recognition of their significant environmental achievements in the GLAS scheme.

Farmers under GLAS engage in important environmental works in order to enhance their rural environments. The importance of their work cannot be understated.

Today’s payment brings the total payments made to date by the Government under GLAS to €1.29 billion, bringing much needed investment into Ireland’s farming sector”.

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