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Smith Reminds Farmers of Closing Date for Single Payment Scheme - Penalties for not meeting 15th May Deadline

Penalties for not meeting 15th May Deadline

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith T.D., today reminded farmers that the closing date for receipt of applications under the 2008 Single Payment Scheme is next Thursday, 15 May 2008.

"I am very anxious that this reminder will reach all those farmers who have still not submitted their 2008 application. I am concerned that over 40,000 applications are still outstanding from farmers who made an application in 2007. There is absolutely no scope to extend next Thursday's closing date", the Minister said."I must urge all farmers to complete their application form and return it immediately in the envelope provided. The form can be posted to the address on that envelope to reach my Department no later than Thursday, 15 May or it can be handed in to any of my Department's offices around the country up to close of business on that day. As a further help to farmers to meet Thursday's deadline, I am arranging that all Department offices will remain open until 9pm on Thursday next to accept applications".

Minister Smith said late applications will be accepted by his Department up to 9 June next but a penalty must be applied to them at the rate of 1% of the payment for each working day that it is late.

Minister Smith also said that he could not stress enough the importance of the application being submitted on time, not only in the context of the Single Payment, but also for farmers who are applicants under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme, the REPS Schemes, Energy Crops Scheme and Protein Crops Scheme as these farmers are obliged to submit a Single Payment application by the 15 May deadline.

The Minister also reminded online applicants and Agriculture Consultants registered on a farmer's behalf to ensure that the application is in fact submitted to the Department.

"If you do not have all your details to hand by next Thursday, complete the form to the best of your ability and get it into one of the Department's offices. You can use an Amendment Form to submit any further details up to 31 May," the Minister advised.

Date Released: 12 May 2008