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Scheme Payments Update

Payments up to 31 July 2020

2019 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS)                                                                                

Number of farmers paid 122,915
Number of eligible farmers 123,039
Total payments €1.179 billion   
2019 Young Farmers*  €20.5 million
2019 National Reserve*  €3.0 million 

*these payments are included in total  payments figure


Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Schemes (TAMS)

Approvals issued to date 28,828
Payment applications submitted 16,548
Total payments 15,624
Total paid this week: €1.471 million
Amount of total payments: €219.846m + €11.513m Transitional Spend plus €.085m Manual Payments = Total: €231.444m


Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) 2019

BDGP I & II Payment total for 2019  €41.49 million
Number of Farmers 22,972


Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM)

Total Payments  €77.72 million
Number of Farmers 33,445


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 €247.03 million  
Number of farmers paid 99,122


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

Combined 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Payments made to eligible applicants: €589.92m
2019 Payments made to eligible applicants €202.42m
No of active GLAS participants paid 2019 Balance: 47,587 (98.3%)     
GLAS Training Payments issued valued at: €11.69m  


Organic Farming Scheme (OFS)

Total payments OFS 2016 €10.6m
Number of farmers 1,642 received 2016 Payment
Total payments OFS 2017 €8.89m
Number of farmers 1,581 received 2017 Payment
Total payments OFS 2018 €8.29m
Number of farmers 1,507 received 2018 Payment
Total payments OFS 2019:  €8.47m
Number of farmers:  1,500 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 €16.83 million
Number of Farmers 18,594

Knowledge Transfer Programme Year 3

Total Payments to Farmers €11.366 million      
Number of Farmers paid 17,985
Total payments to facilitators €7.739 million             


Protein Aid Scheme 2019 

Total Payments to Farmers €2.89 million
Number of Farmers paid 749


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.