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Scheme Payments Update

Payments up to 27 March 2020

2019 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS)                                                                                

Number of farmers paid 122,675
Number of eligible farmers 122,866
Total payments €1.176billion   
2019 Young Farmers* €19.4 million
2019 National Reserve* €2.8 million

*these payments are included in total  payments figure

No of 2020 BPS applications received to date   32,921

Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Schemes (TAMS)

Approvals issued to date 26,775
Payment applications submitted 14,614
Total payments 13,633
Amount of total payments: €193.551m + €11.513m Transitional Spend plus €.085m Manual Payments = Total: €205.150m


Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) 2019

BDGP I & II Payment total for 2019  €40.2 million
Number of Farmers 22,737


Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM) 2019

Total Payments  €76.72 million
Number of Farmers 33,108


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 €245.6 million 
Number of farmers paid 98,584


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

Combined 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Payments made to eligible applicants: €589.6m
GLAS 2019 Advance Payments made to eligible applicants €170.33m
No of active GLAS participants paid 2019 Advance: 47,518 (97.9%)
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 €8.88m
Number of farmers 1,577 received 2017 Payment
Total payments OFS 2018 €8.27m
Number of farmers 1,500 received 2018 Payment
Total payments OFS 2019:  €7.16m
Number of farmers:  1,477 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 €11.331 million
Number of Farmers paid 17,916
Total payments to facilitators €7.558 million


Protein Aid Scheme 2019 

Total Payments to Farmers €2.87million
Number of Farmers paid 748





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.