Longford farmers urged to submit BPS online applications

Aisling Kiernan

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Aisling Kiernan

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aisling.kiernan@longfordleader.ie

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Longford farmers urged to submit BPS online applications as soon as possible

IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy has urged farmers to make their BPS online applications as early as possible as applications open this week.

He also advised farmers that if they experience any difficulties in completing the application online to make direct contact with the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine.

Mr Kennedy pointed out that in 2017 close to 114,000 farmers made their applications online, meaning 13% made paper applications.

“From this year, EU regulations require that all BPS applications be made online.,” he added, before pointing out that it was important for the Department to provide assistance to farmers in difficulty.

“Support can be sought in clinics throughout the country and it is important to note that other area based schemes linked to the BPS application will now effectively be online.

“These include ANCs, National Reserve, Young Farmer Scheme, and the transfer of entitlements.”

The IFA Deputy President also highlighted the advantages of online application, including preliminary checks, which can identify over-claims and dual claims that can be rectified without penalty. The closing date for BPS applications is Tuesday, May 15 2018.