Con­sul­tants burn mid­night oil on BPS

Irish Independent - Farming - - NEWS -

FARM con­sul­tants and Tea­gasc ad­vi­sors are bat­tling to lodge the last of the Ba­sic Pay­ment Scheme (BPS) ap­pli­ca­tions be­fore the mid­night dead­line tonight (May 15).

Around 9,500 farm­ers had still to sub­mit BPS ap­pli­ca­tions yes­ter­day, with the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture con­firm­ing that it had re­ceived 120,300 ap­pli­ca­tions by 12 noon (Mon­day).

Around 130,000 farm­ers ap­ply for the BPS in to­tal each year, with close to €1.2 bil­lion paid out un­der the CAP scheme.

Last week the Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture, Michael Creed, urged farm­ers, who were ap­ply­ing on­line for the BPS for the first time, to make sure they were reg­is­tered with the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture on www.ag­food.ie. The last in a se­ries of clin­ics to help farm­ers through the on­line ap­pli­ca­tion process will be held at the Depart­ment’s of­fices in Drumshambo, Co Leitrim to­day from 9.30am to 5.30pm.

Depart­ment of­fi­cials will be avail­able to sit down on a one-to-one ba­sis with farm­ers and help them to lodge their ap­pli­ca­tion. Depart­ment clin­ics have al­ready been held in Ca­van, Clare­mor­ris, Long­ford and Lim­er­ick. And the Depart­ment will as­sist in the Trans­fer of En­ti­tle­ments ap­pli­ca­tions at its Port­laoise of­fices up to mid­night tonight.

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