DEERING Reminds Farmers of 15th May Deadline for Online Submission of BPS Applications

8th May, 2019

 

The Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Pat Deering T.D., today reminded farmers the closing date for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) application online for the receipt of all online BPS and transfer of entitlement applications is Wednesday 15 May

In recent weeks, the Department has been holding clinics for farmers around the country to assist them in making their BPS and Transfer of Entitlements applications online. 

Deputy Deering stated “online applications bring a range of benefits for farmers, and we are committed to ensuring that farmers have all the assistance they require to make these applications for essential scheme payments.  “

Deering added “The one to one clinics have proven very popular with farmers in recent weeks. To date, 96,200 farmers have already applied online, and many have availed of the chance to sit down with a member of staff from the Department and make their online application on the spot.  I would now urge any Carlow farmer who has not yet made their application to do so at the earliest opportunity.”

In addition to these arrangements, Department staff have been assisting farmers in making their BPS and Transfer of Entitlements applications in the Portlaoise offices in recent weeks.  This service will be available for extended hours in the run up to the May 15th deadline in the Department’s Offices in Government Offices, Abbeyleix Road, Portlaoise.  Carlow Farmers can call in to Government Offices in Portlaoise

  • Between 9am and 5.30pm any working day this week.
  • Between 9.30 am and 5pm on Saturday 11 May
  • Between 9am and 9pm on Monday 13 May and Tuesday 14 May
  • Between 9am and 12 midnight on Wednesday 15 May.

The Department’s phone Helpdesks will also be available for these same extended hours in the run up to the deadline. 

A full list of ongoing BPS clinics is available on the DAFM website

For assistance on registering for www.agfood.ie as a first step in making an online application, farmers can contact the AgFood Registration Helpdesk on 0761 064424.  Also contact this phone number should farmers require assistance to register an agricultural consultant or Teagasc adviser to apply on your behalf.  Applicants should note that they must register for www.agfood.ie as a first step before they can complete their applications.  Those who have not yet registered should thus do this as soon as possible.

For assistance on completing applications online, farmers can contact the BPS Application Queries Helpdesk on 0761 064420.

What do I need to bring if I am attending a BPS online clinic?

If you are not yet registered please do so now on www.agfood.ie OR if you cannot register on www.agfood.ie bring your Personal Public Services Number (PPSN) and a form of Photo ID with you.

If you have already registered, bring along your 7 digit Personal Access Code (PAC) and login details (username & password) you set up when you registered. You should also bring with you:

·        Your 2019 BPS Pack (Land Summary and Maps)

·        A valid form of Photo ID