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Minister Creed announces BPS Online Clinics for 2019 online applications

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today outlined plans for further supports to assist farmers in making their 2019 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and Transfer of Entitlements applications online.

The 2019 online application process was opened in February and Minister Creed stated “I am delighted to see that a large number of farmers have already applied online since I announced the early opening of the 2019 application period.  Over 20,000 farmers have already made their online applications this year.”

The Minister added “Under the EU regulations, all applications must be submitted online.  Last year saw all Irish farmers apply online for the first time and this is reflective of the range of benefits that online application brings for farmers. In recent years, my Department has put in place BPS online clinics around the country where farmers can meet one to one with a member of staff and make their BPS application there and then.  These clinics proved very popular with farmers, and I am happy to announce that the same service will be available again this year.”

All elements of the Direct Payments Schemes (BPS, Greening, Young Farmers Scheme, National Reserve, transferring of entitlements, and the Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme) are now online.  This helps 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 avail of the opportunity to apply for the BPS at this stage via the online system.  It is open for farmers to do this either as individuals or through an agent.”

The Department offices in Portlaoise, Co. Laois will also have a team available to meet with farmers every weekday from now until the BPS closing date of 15 May 2019.

 

April 2019 – Clinic Dates and Locations

 

Date

Time

Venue

Thursday

4th April 2019

9.00am to 3.00pm

The Longford Arms Hotel, 25 Main St, Deanscurragh,

County Longford

Friday

5th April 2019

9.00am to 3.00pm

Dept. Of Agriculture Food & the Marine Offices, Johnstown Castle. County Wexford

Radisson Blu Hotel, Ballincar Road, Rosses Point,

County Sligo

Monday

8th April 2019

9.00am to 3.00pm

Carrickdale Hotel, Carrickcarnon, Ravensdale, Dundalk,

County Louth

Tuesday

9th April 2019

9.00am to 3.00pm

Dept. Of Agriculture Food & the Marine Offices, Drumshanbo.

County Leitrim

Wednesday

10th April 2019

9.00am to 3.00pm

Twin Trees Hotel, Downhill Rd, Knocknalyre, Ballina,

County Mayo

Thursday

11th April 2019

9.00am to 3.00pm

The Brehon Hotel, Muckrows, Rd, Killarney,

County Kerry

Friday

12th April 2019

9.00am to 3.00pm

Oranmore Lodge Hotel, Carrowmoneash, Oranmore,

County Galway

Monday

15th April 2019

9.00am to 3.00pm

Dept. Of Agriculture Food & the Marine Offices,Farnham St.

County Cavan

Tuesday

16th April 2019

9.00am to 3.00pm

Shearwater Hotel, Marina Point, Ballinasloe,

County Galway

Wednesday

17th April 2019

9.00am to 3.00pm

Arklow Bay Hotel, Sea Rd, Ferrybank, Arklow,

County Wicklow

Thursday

18th April 2019

9.00am to 3.00pm

Firgrove Hotel, Mitchelstown,

County Cork

Tuesday

23rd April 2019

9.00am to 3.00pm

County Arms Hotel, Birr,

County Offaly

Wednesday

24th April 2019

9.00am to 3.00pm

Clonmel Park Hotel, Cahir Road, Clonmel,

County Tipperary

Thursday

25th April 2019

9.00am to 3.00pm

The Mullingar Park Hotel, Dublin Rd, Mullingar,

County Westmeath

Friday

26th April 2019

9.00am to 3.00pm

Four Seasons Hotel, Coolshannagh, Monaghan,

County Monaghan

Monday

29th April 2019

9.00am to 3.00pm

Jackson’s Hotel, Main Street, Ballybofey,

County Donegal

Tuesday

30th April 2019

9.00am to 3.00pm

McWilliam Park Hotel, Kilcolman Road, Claremorris,

County Mayo

 

 

May 2019 – Clinic Dates and Locations

 

Date

Time

Venue

Wednesday

1st May 2019

9.00am to 3.00pm

Peacocks Hotel, Lurgan, Maam Cross,

County Galway

Thursday

2nd May 2019

9.00am to 3.00pm

Treacys West County Hotel, Limerick Road, Ennis,

County Clare

Friday

3rd May 2019

9.00am to 3.00pm

Castle Hotel, Main Street, Sleveen East, Macroom,

County Cork

Tuesday

7th May 2019

9.00am to 3.00pm

Hannon’s Hotel, Athlone Road, Acres, Roscommon,

County Roscommon

Wednesday

8th May 2019

9.00am to 3.00pm

Harlequin Hotel, Lannagh Road, Castlebar,

County Mayo

Thursday

9th May 2019

9.00am to 3.00pm

The Manor Hotel, Ratass, Tralee,

County Kerry

Friday

10th May 2019

9.00am to 3.00pm

The Ard Rí Hotel, Milltown Road, Tuam,

County Galway

Monday

13th May 2019

9.00am to 3.00pm

The Great National South Court Hotel, Raheen, Limerick,

County Limerick

 Added 26.03.19

ENDS

Date Released: 26 March 2019