With two weeks to go until the deadline falls on the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), the Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) is reminding all farmers to submit their applications to avoid penalties. This is the first year that all BPS applications must be made online and so far, more than 70,600 farmers have submitted relevant information.
According to the IFA, online applications benefit from pre-checking, instant confirmation of receipt of application, reduced application errors, payment on time within deadlines and linkages to other schemes.
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) is running a range of one-to-one clinics to help farmers make online applications, including newly announced dates (see below).
Farmers can contact the DAFM in relation to BPS applications by calling 076 1064424 in relation to queries on registering for www.agfood.ie; or 076 1064420 in relation to queries on completing the BPS application once registered on www.agfood.ie; or to enquire about the one-to-one clinics.