Balancing payments under the 2022 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and Greening have commenced, the DAFM has confirmed.
The commencement of the BPS balancing payments will bring the total paid under the 2022 Scheme to €1.14 billion to almost 121,000 farmers.
According to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, €373 million began issuing yesterday (Thursday).
According to Minister McConalogue, since mid-October, the DAFM has paid out €767 million in BPS advance payments to 118,000 farmers.
Some 98% of all eligible farmers have received a 70% advance payment.
The minister also confirmed that payments under the 2022 Young Farmers Scheme also commenced yesterday.
According to the DAFM, payments will be visible in farmers’ bank accounts in the coming days.
The department will continue to process, as a matter of urgency, all remaining cases for payment as any outstanding queries are addressed.
The minister urged any farmers who have outstanding queries from the DAFM to respond as soon as possible to facilitate payment.
Farmers wishing to contact the department regarding their BPS payment, can phone the Direct Payments Helpline at 057-8674422. Farmers can also submit any queries they may have online via https://agfood.agriculture.gov.ie/sso-auth-ui-applicant/#/login, where they can access a detailed breakdown of payments.
The latest news comes days weeks after the DAFM confirmed that €113m in the form of GLAS payments would commence issuing to just shy of 32,600 farmers in the coming days.
Also, in recent days, the DAFM has confirmed that payments under the 2022 €56m Fodder Support Scheme have commenced issuing to over 71,000 farmers.
The scheme aims to incentivise farmers, in particular drystock farmers, to grow more fodder (silage and/or hay) for the coming winter.
The maximum area eligible for payment under the scheme is 10 hectares, with a potential maximum payment of €1,000.
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