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Scheme Payments Update

Payments up to 24 January 2020

2019 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS)                                                                                

Number of farmers paid 122,101
Number of eligible farmers 122,278
Total payments €1.169billion     
2019 Young Farmers* €18.6 million
2019 National Reserve* €2.5 million

*these payments are included in total  payments figure

Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Schemes (TAMS)

Approvals issued to date 26,266
Payment applications submitted 13,452
Total payments 12,615
Amount of total payments: €180.826m + €11.513m Transitional Spend plus €.085m Manual Payments = Total: €192.424m


Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) 2019

BDGP I & II Payment total for 2019  €38.17 million
Number of Farmers 21,361


Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM) 2019

Total Payments  €75.88 million
Number of Farmers 32,740


Beef Environmental Efficiency Pilot (BEEP)

Total payments €15.4m
Number of farmers paid 16,529


2019 Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) and Areas of Specific Constraint (ASC)

Total payments €243.59 million 
Number of farmers paid 97,911


Green, Low-carbon, Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS)                             

Combined 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Payments made to eligible applicants: €589.29m
GLAS 2019 Advance Payments made to eligible applicants €165m
No of active GLAS participants paid 2019 Advance: 46,010 (94.7%)
GLAS Training Payments issued valued at: €11.68m          


Organic Farming Scheme (OFS)

Total payments OFS 2016 €10.6m
Number of farmers 1,642 received 2016 Payment
Total payments OFS 2017 €8.87m
Number of farmers 1,575 received 2017 Payment
Total payments OFS 2018 €8.20m
Number of farmers 1,486 received 2018 Payment
Total payments OFS 2019:  €6.77m
Number of farmers:  1,406 received 2019 Payment 

Note:  2016 Payments refer to payments made in 2016 and 2017 in respect of 2016 scheme year.  While the total expenditure in respect of 2016 have increased, there is no increase in the total number of farmers paid, as the additional 2016 payments refer to balancing payments                                                    

Sheep Welfare Scheme (SWS) 2019

Total Payments €14.9 million
Number of Farmers 18,489


Knowledge Transfer Programme Year 2

Total Payments to Farmers €11.484 million
Number of Farmers paid 18,407
Total payments to facilitators €7.799 million

Knowledge Transfer Programme Year 3

Total Payments to Farmers €11.266million
Number of Farmers paid 17,781
Total payments to facilitators €6.27m


Protein Aid Scheme 2019 

Total Payments to Farmers €2.789 million
Number of Farmers paid 725





In mid-September payments under the main 2019 Schemes commenced and from that date up to 3 January 2020, a total of €1.76 billion was been paid out directly to farmers under a range of schemes operated by this Department. See attached breakdown of payments by county for the main schemes.