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Minister Creed issues urgent reminder to farmers on 2018 Basic Payment Scheme application deadline

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, T.D., today issued an urgent reminder to farmers to submit their online applications for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) as soon as possible.  2018 is the first year that applications for the BPS and the Transfer of Entitlements are to be done online, and the deadline for applications is Tuesday 15 May 2018.

The Minster commented “the BPS is a key financial support for farmers and it is vital that they submit their applications in time in order to avoid financial penalties that apply to late applications.  I am encouraged to see that over 89,000 farmers have already made their application.  However, I would urge all farmers who have not yet applied to do so as soon as possible to ensure that they do not lose out on access to this key payment.  Farmers should ensure they are in a position to make their application online as a matter of priority.”

Farmers applying online for the first time in 2018 should be aware that there are two stages in the process – they must first register on www.agfood.ie and when they receive their registration details in the post they must then log on and actually make their BPS application.  With the 15 May deadline approaching farmers should be aware of this process, and register / make their application as soon as possible.

The Minister added “I am aware that many farmers will be engaging with the online application system for the first time this year.  While it is a simple process, I have put in place a range of supports for farmers in making their applications.  Officials from my Department have put in place clinics for farmers, where they can sit down on a one to one basis with a staff member from the Department and get their application submitted there and then.  The majority of farmers have already applied online, and I will continue to monitor application rates to ensure that all farmers are in a position to lodge their application on time.”

The Department has put in place a range of BPS online clinics in recent weeks, and will be in the following locations from 9am to 3pm next week:

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

 

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 if 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

ENDS

Date Released: 04 May 2018