Minister English welcomes 2nd phase of GLAS scheme

Farming, Food, Funding, Meath, Wesmeath

Local Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation and Meath West Fine Gael T.D. Damien English has welcomed the launch this week of the second tranche of GLAS, the new agri-environmental scheme which replaces REPS and AEOS.

The first tranche of GLAS, which closed on 26 May this year, proved a huge success, attracting almost 27,000 applications. The second tranche will increase this to at least 35,000 and up to 40,000. The overall target for GLAS is to attract 50,000 farmers into the new scheme over its lifetime and Minister English commented that it was clear that GLAS was well on its way to meeting that target.

For the second tranche of GLAS, a number of adjustments to the available actions are being made, and farmers and their advisors are urged to familiarise themselves with them.

Minister English commented: “The Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney T.D. has announced that he is publishing the Terms and Conditions for the second Tranche of GLAS immediately, along with the detailed Specification for Tranche 2 actions.  Farmers and their advisors in Meath West should read these carefully.  The live system for applications will then be opened will remain open for some six weeks. I urge Meath and Westmeath farmers to apply. As I have often said before the export value of Agricultural products is worth €493.8m to Meath and €216m to Westmeath. Agriculture is a huge industry locally & it supports thousands of direct & indirect jobs locally. GLAS and other iniatives from this Government help and support this important work by local farmers.”

MINISTER ENGLISH: MEATH & WESTMEATH FARMERS TO BENEFIT FURTHER FROM SUCCESSFUL ERADICATION OF BRUCELLOSIS

Farming, Meath, Wesmeath

€6 million annual saving to farmers in testing costs

Local Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, and Meath West Fine Gael T.D. Damien English has welcomed the ending of pre-movement Brucellosis testing on both sides of the Border with effect from 28th September this year as good news for farmers in Counties Meath and Westmeath.

“Following the effective eradication of Brucellosis on the island, I am delighted that Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney and his Northern Irish counterpart have decided to remove the legislative requirement for pre-movement testing for Brucellosis. This is a major landmark in the history of disease eradication in Ireland” Minister English stated.

Following the progressive and incremental removal of compulsory controls over the last number of years, the most recent of which was the ending of Annual Round testing from the beginning of 2015, the cessation of compulsory pre-movement testing means that routine on-farm brucellosis testing will no longer be required in the Irish State.

This, according to the Department of Agriculture, will result in significant savings for livestock farmers in testing costs, estimated at €6m per annum.