Basic Payment Scheme opened for applications in IrelandStaff Writer |
Irish farmers The closing date for the BPS is May 15
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, announced the opening of applications for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and the Greening Scheme.
"In addition, application packs are currently being posted to all applicants.
"In 2017 I am again looking to build on the recent growth in online applications for the BPS given the range of benefits that online applications provide both for farmers and my Department in terms of the more efficient processing of applications and payments".
The Minister confirmed that the closing date for the BPS in 2017 would be Monday May 15, but urged all farmers and advisors to avail of the opening of the application process now rather than waiting until nearer the closing date.
2016 saw the introduction for the first time of preliminary checks for online applications.These preliminary checks allow online applicants to be advised of certain errors at an early stage and to correct any such issues without penalty.
The Minister added “preliminary checks proved very successful in 2016, and they represent one of the many advantages for farmers in making their BPS applications online.
“Officials from my Department will be providing a range of supports to farmers over the coming weeks to support them in making applications online as we move towards 100% online application in 2018.” ■
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