05 Oct 2022

Donegal TD challenges agriculture minister on GLAS opportunities

GLAS must be reopened to 2,000 farmers to carry out environmental measures – McConalogue

Donegal TD challenges agriculture minister on GLAS opportunities

Charlie McConalogue TD

Donegal TD and Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, has thrown down a challenge to the Minister for Agriculture to allow over 2,000 farmers in the Agri-Environment Options Scheme (AEOS) to gain entry to the Green, Low-Carbon, Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS).

Latest PQ replies to Deputy McConalogue revealed that there are 2,117 farmers who had contracts in the AEOS Scheme that ceased on December 31, 2018.

“There are 2,117 farmers who have been left without any financial supports encouraging them to farm in a positive and climate action friendly manner. Provision must be allowed to enable these farmers to join GLAS," said Deputy McConalogue.

He added: “Permitting access to the scheme will increase portability levels, while carrying out additional actions that are conducive with the protection of the environment and climate change mitigation.

“It must also be remembered that in 2015, the government said once the scheme was fully opened with 50,000 farmers it would require funding of €250 million per annum. This financial commitment has not been delivered by the Government, while there is now under 49,000 participants.

Deputy McConalogue added that the Government had to ensure the scheme was immediately opened for these farmers and reopen GLAS.

"Given that there will be a one-two year CAP transition period between the current programme and its successor, Minister Creed must also confirm that that GLAS will be rolled over considering existing contracts will begin to cease in 12 months’ time,” he said.

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