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Coveney Announces the Addition of Financial Self-Services to his Department's On-line Services

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, TD, today announced that the online service for his Department’s customers is being extended to include a new Financial Self-Servicesfacility which will enable them to view their financial transactions with his Department online.

“I am delighted to be in a position to announce the addition of the Financial Self- Services facility, which will be available from April” the Minister said.  “This is a major step forward in the development of my Departments’ on-line services to our customers, and  for farmers in particular and is very much in line with my commitment to maximise the use of technology for farmers’ benefit”. With the Financial Self-Services, clients can securely view all of their payment details. The service will also include the option for customers to pay any monies due to his Department on-line, using a debit or credit card.

The main features of Financial Self-Services are summarised as follows:

  1. Access  is via the Department’s Online Services portal, www.agfood.ie
  2. Real-time information available
  3. Financial transactions in the last 4 years available
  4. View remittance text  in respect of  each transaction
  5. View, copy or print  the annual payment statements for each of the last 4 years
  6. Use debit/credit cards to pay debts

Rollout of the Service will commence on a phased basis with farmers, the Department’s largest single client group. 

A text message will be sent to alert the farmer each time a payment will issue and over time it is expected that this ‘customer on-line access’ will replace the paper remittance slips  currently issued for each payment and the annual statement of payments.

Minister Coveney pointed to the benefits of the system, which provides for access by individual farmers using their existing login details to the Department’s  website,  www.agfood.ie The Minister urged anyone considering availing of the on-line facility to register  via the website, www.agfood.ie or, alternatively, by contacting  the dedicated Helpdesk at  Lo-call 1890 252 118.  

Concluding, the Minister referred again to the current campaign to encourage more farmers to sign-up for his Department’s text messaging service, which will advise farmers of individual payments issuing. This important alert will then enable the farmer to viewpayment details immediately on receipt of the text message through the Financial Self Service facility.

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If you wish to avail of text messaging service and have not yet supplied the Department with your current mobile number, you can do so by:

  • emailing: contactupdate@agriculture.gov.ie – including full name and address together with your PPSN details to ensure correct matching of your mobile number to your customer record, or by
  • Post to - 
    CCS Section -Customer Updates,
    Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine,
    Farnham Street,
    Cavan.

A form to assist you is available on the Department website at www.agriculture.gov.ie/mobileupdates

A video explaining the new system for users can be accessed by this link http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/agfoodiehelpvideos/financialself-services/

View this Press Release as a PDF:  DAFMPR52/2014 (pdf 746Kb) 

Date Released: 11 April 2014