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Minister Creed Announces Further Supports for Farmers making their Online BPS Application

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today announced details of additional one to one clinics for farmers who are making their Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) application online.  In 2018, all BPS and transfer of entitlement applications are to be made online and the deadline for the receipt of applications is Tuesday 15 May.

The Minister commented “the move to online applications will bring a range of benefits for farmers, and I am committed to ensuring that farmers have all the assistance they require in order to make their applications online.  With this in mind, I have asked officials in my Department to put in place a further set of one to one clinics for farmers as the deadline of 15 May approaches.”

The details of these clinics are as follows

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 8 May

Oranmore Lodge Hotel,

Carrowmoneash, Oranmore,

Co. Galway

9 am – 3 pm

Wednesday 9 May

Great National South Court Hotel

Raheen Roundabout,
Raheen, Limerick.

9 am – 3 pm

Thursday 10 May

Longford Arms Hotel,

25 Main Street,

Longford.

9 am – 3 pm

Friday 11 May

McWilliam Park Hotel,

Kilcoman Road,

Claremorris Co. Mayo

9 am – 3 pm

In addition, previously announced clinics are also underway this week in the following locations:

Date

9am – 12.30 pm

4pm – 7.30pm

Tuesday 1 May

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine,

Drumshanbo,

Co. Leitrim

Mullingar Park Hotel,

Dublin Road,

Marlinstown Bog,

Mullingar,

Co. Westmeath

Wednesday 2 May

Listowel Arms Hotel,

The Square,

Listowel,

Co. Kerry

Treacy’s West County Hotel,

Limerick Road,

Clonrad More,

Ennis,

Co. Clare

Thursday 3 May

County Arms Hotel,

Seefin,

Birr,

Co. Offaly

Horse and Jockey Hotel,

Kilnoe,

Thurles,

Co. Tipperary

The Minister commented “These one to one clinics have proven very popular with farmers in recent weeks.  Over 75,000 farmers have already applied online, and many have availed of the chance to sit down with a member of staff from my Department and make their online application on the spot.  In total, my Department has arranged these clinics in 45 locations around the country in addition to the other supports in place.  I would now urge any farmer who has not yet made their application to do so at the earliest opportunity.”

In addition to the one to one clinics in place, staff are also available in the Department’s Portlaoise offices to help farmers make their applications online. 

Notes for Editors

For assistance on registering for www.agfood.ie as a first step in making an online application, farmers can contact the AgFood Registration Helpdesk on 0761 064424.  They can also contact this phone number should they require assistance to register an agricultural consultant or Teagasc adviser to apply on your behalf.  Applicants should note that they must register for www.agfood.ie as a first step before they can complete their applications.  Those who have not yet registered should thus do this as soon as possible.

For assistance on completing applications online, farmers can contact the BPS Application Queries Helpdesk on 0761 064420.

Help videos are also available on www.agriculture.gov.ie which will guide farmers through the application process

What do I need to bring if I am attending a BPS online clinic?

If you are not yet registered please do so now on www.agfood.ie OR if you cannot register on www.agfood.ie bring your Personal Public Services Number (PPSN) with you.

If you have already registered, bring along your 7 digit Personal Access Code (PAC) and login details (username & password) you set up when you registered. You should also bring with you:

Added 01.05.2018

Added 01.05.2018

Minister Creed attends BPS Clinic in Macroom; pictured are Minister Creed, farmer John O’Leary and Laura Kelly, DAFM

ENDS

 

Date Released: 01 May 2018