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Minister Creed announces supports for farmers applying for their 2017 BPS online

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, TD, today outlined plans for a range of supports to assist farmers in making their 2017 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) application online.

The Minister stated “the recent growth in the number of online BPS applications shows that increasingly farmers are finding that the best way to apply for vital schemes such as BPS and ANC is online.  Online applications offer a range of benefits for farmers which also help my Department to issue these vital payments more efficiently.”

Under EU Regulation, 100% of BPS applications will be required to be online by 2018.  Last year a range of supports were offered to farmers and similar initiatives will now be in place as the 2017 BPS application deadline of 15th May approaches.

The Minister added “I am now putting in place a range of initiatives  aimed at making it easier for farmers to gain the benefits of online application.  In particular, I have asked staff in my Department to be available to meet with farmers on a one-to-one basis in various locations to assist them in making their applications.”

Staff from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) will be available to meet with farmers as follows:

At the Department Regional Office in Farnham Street, Cavan between 9.30am and 5.30pm on

April

Tuesday, 11th

 

Wednesday, 19th

May

Tuesday, 2nd

 

Wednesday, 3rd

 

Tuesday, 9th

 

Wednesday, 10th

 

Thursday, 11th

 

Monday, 15th

 

At the Department Regional Office in Derryhallagh, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim between 9.30am and 5.30pm on

April

Wednesday, 12th

 

Thursday, 20th

May

Thursday, 4th

 

Friday, 5th

 

Monday, 8th

 

Friday 12th

 

Monday, 15th

 

The Department offices in Old Abbeyleix Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois will also have a team available to meet with farmers every weekday from now until the BPS closing date of 15th May.  In addition, extended evening and weekend hours will be available in Portlaoise as the closing date approaches.

Finally, Department staff will also be available to assist farmers in making their online BPS applications in the following locations from 2.30pm to 7.30 pm:

County

Venue

Date

Co. Kerry

Manor West Hotel, Tralee, Co. Kerry

Monday, 24th April

Co. Galway

Ard Rí House Hotel, Tuam, Co. Galway

Monday, 24th April

Co. Clare

West County Hotel, Ennis, Co. Clare.

 

Tuesday, 25th April

Co. Donegal

Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Tuesday, 25th April

Co. Mayo

Hotel Ballina, Ballina, Co. Mayo.

Wednesday, 26th April

Co. Waterford

Lawlor’s Hotel, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

Thursday, 27th April

Co. Cork

Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom, Co. Cork

Friday, 28th April

In addition a dedicated helpline is available at 0761 064420 and instructional videos are available on the Department’s website.  The Department will also be in contact with farmers again as the BPS application deadline of 15th May approaches.

The Minister concluded “I would urge as many farmers as possible to apply online for their 2017 BPS at an early date.  This can be done by farmers themselves or via an agricultural advisor.  One of the key benefits of applying online is that farmers will be able to avail of preliminary checks.  These checks allow farmers who have submitted their BPS application online to subsequently rectify by a certain date, non-compliances identified by my Department in the areas of overclaims, dual claims and overlaps in advance of any penalty applying.”

To view this Press Release as a PDF: DAFMPR 60/2017 (pdf 381Kb) 

Date Released: 04 April 2017