Thursday, 16 December 2021
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
As I advised after the Budget in October 2021, we succeeded in maintaining all of the crucial farm schemes, one of which was the Green Low Carbon Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS), the contracts under which were due to conclude on 31st December 2021.
The provision of funding enabled my Department to offer participants in the three tranches of GLAS, (namely GLAS 1, 2 and 3) with eligible contracts an extension of those contracts to 31st December 2022. Eligible participants received information packs in November 2021 conveying the offer and the ways in which they could apply to extend their contracts by the deadline of 10thDecember 2021. I am pleased to note that some 91% of those participants have applied to extend their contract.
This level of uptake is subject to change as more offers are issued as more contracts become eligible following outcome of appeals and completion of transfers.
The continuation of the Rural Development Programme (RDP) schemes, including GLAS, delivers on our commitment to support farmers in the delivery of environmental and climate commitments while supporting farm incomes and rural economies.
627. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason in the pProgramme for Government there was a commitment to €520 million, given farmers have not received the full allocation and instead have only received 50%; the reason this funding has been prevented from being allocated or made available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [62712/21]
My office sought clarification from the Deputy on the nature of this figure. No additional information has yet been provided by the Deputy's office. Once the information is provided to my office, I will be happy to provide an answer.