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Scheme Payments Update

Payments up to 18 September 2020

2019 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS)                                                                                

Number of farmers paid 122,939
Number of eligible farmers


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. Please note that this has been incorrectly reported for the past 4 weeks due to a clerical error.”

Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Schemes (TAMS)

Approvals issued to date 31,371
Payment applications submitted 17,337
Total payments 16,345
Total paid this week: €1.650m
Amount of total payments: €228.767m + €11.513m Transitional Spend plus €.085m Manual Payments = Total:€240.365m


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


2020 Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) and Areas of Specific Constraint (ASC)

Total payments €184.81 million
Number of farmers paid 86,040


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

Combined 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Payments made to eligible applicants: €589.98m
2019 Payments made to eligible applicants €202.66m
No of active GLAS participants paid 2019 Balance: 47,733 (98.61%)  
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 €8.3m
Number of farmers 1,507 received 2018 Payment
Total payments OFS 2019:  €8.5m
Number of farmers:  1,503 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 €11.409 million      
Number of Farmers paid 18,003
Total payments to facilitators €7.83 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.