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Coughlan launches Information Roadshow and extended helplines to assist farmers in completing applications under the 2007 Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme

The Minister for Agriculture and Food, Mary Coughlan T.D., today confirmed that personalised Single Payment Scheme (SPS) application forms, complete with pre-printed data concerning land parcels, start dates etc., have been issued by her Department to all Single Payment Scheme participants.

The Minister, has also announced that her Department will provide an enhanced customer service in the run up to the closing date for the receipt of application forms on Friday, 4 May. This will involve information meetings throughout the country and helplines which will also operate outside of office hours. "I believe farmers should have the most up-to-date information available to enable them to correctly complete and submit the 2007 SPS application forms by the closing date. For this reason I have made provision for the information roadshow and increased helpline facilities".

"I am aware that some farmers would prefer to speak directly to experienced staff from my Department prior to the completion of their SPS application forms. In response to this need I have made arrangements for information sessions in 26 locations throughout the country between 16 April and 1 May where my officials will also be available to meet applicants".

The Minister indicated that this will be achieved through an extension of the opening hours of the Department's help lines until 10.00pm on weekdays and from 1.00pm to 6.00pm on Saturdays and Sundays commencing on Monday 16th April and continuing until the closing date for the receipt of applications on Friday 4th May.

The Minister referred to two key issues for farmers this year with the decision to introduce an on-line application facility, on a pilot basis, for the 2007 Scheme and the need for farmers to ensure that all entitlements are used this year thereby avoiding the surrender of unused entitlements to the National Reserve. "The additional opening hours of my Department's helplines and the opportunities being afforded to farmers to meet with staff will greatly assist them with inquiries about these and related matters".

Details of information meetings and lo-call numbers will appear in the farming press over the coming days.

11 April, 2007

Date Released: 11 April 2007