Fine Gael councillor Maura Hopkins has welcomed news that approval letters for farmers to join the GLAS scheme are set to issue this week.
Cllr. Hopkins has said that the move will be a welcome boost to both farmers and the local economy prior to Christmas with payments under the first tranche set to issue in December.
Commenting on the news, Cllr. Hopkins said: “The issuing of approval letters to farmers who applied for GLAS last spring has been highly anticipated by farmers in the area and it is welcome news that these farmers now know where they stand under the scheme.”
She added: “Thousands of farmers in the Roscommon and Galway area applied to the first tranche of the scheme and it is also positive news that the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, has confirmed that approved farmers will receive three months payment under the scheme this year. Under the scheme farmers can receive payments up to a maximum of €5,000 for carrying out agri-environmental actions.”
Cllr. Hopkins was also keen to encourage Roscommon farmers who did not apply for the first tranche of GLAS to consider making an application for the second tranche, which opened in recent weeks.