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Minister Creed Provides Update on BPS Online Applications

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today gave an update in relation to online applications for the 2018 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS).

The Minister stated “Online applications offer a range of benefits for farmers and also help my Department to issue these vital payments more efficiently. I am delighted to see that a large number of farmers have already applied online since I announced the early opening of the 2018 application period.  Almost 35,000 farmers have already made their online applications, compared to a total of just 21,000 applications received at this stage last year.”

The Minister added “In order to support farmers in applying online, my Department has been rolling out a range of technical supports for farmers. This will ensure that all farmers can access these vital financial supports.”

Continuing, Minister Creed said “Staff from my Department are available to meet with farmers on a one-to-one basis in various locations throughout the country to assist them in making their applications. These clinics have proven very successful to date and farmers can sit down with an official from my Department and make their online BPS or Transfer of Entitlements applications on the spot. Already over one fifth of the small minority of farmers who applied in paper format last year have made the transition to an online application. It is important to ensure that this momentum is now maintained, and the 1 to 1 clinics offer farmers the opportunity to make the move to online efficiently.”

In the coming week clinics will be available in Buncrana, Ballybofey, Roscommon, Sligo, Rosscarbery, Fermoy, Dungarvan, Bunclody, and Ballinasloe. A full list of all the clinics over the coming weeks is available on the Department’s website here.

From 2018 all the elements of the Direct Payments Schemes (BPS, Greening, Young Farmers Scheme, National Reserve, and Transferring of Entitlements) are online.  This will help to ensure that the Department can process all applications under these schemes as efficiently as possible.

Should farmers wish to contact the Department in relation to their online application they can do so at:

  • 076 1064424 in relation to queries on registering for www.agfood.ie – for example queries on lost passwords, how to register etc., or
  • 076 1064420 in relation to queries on actually completing the BPS application once registered on www.agfood.ie or to enquire about the one-to-one clinics.

The Minister concluded “I would urge all farmers to apply for the BPS as soon as possible via the online system.  It is open for farmers to do this either as individuals or through an agent.  The move to online applications will allow my Department to continue to improve on the delivery of essential scheme payments to farmers.”

ENDS

Date Released: 06 April 2018