Minister Charlie McConalogue has announced the commencement of advance payments under the 2021 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS).
The DAFM will issue advance payments under the BPS, worth €738 million to 114,600 farmers.
2021 BPS payments
Minister McConalogue said: “This is in line with previous years. These payments contribute greatly to maximising family farm income and are a vital support for farmers across the country.”
“I know how crucial it is to support farm families. That’s why it is a key priority of mine to issue payments as quickly as possible.”
“It is also a priority for the department is the efficient issuing of scheme payments to farmers.”
The BPS advance payment is commencing at a rate of 70%, an increase on the 50% regulations normally permit.
“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 they meet scheme criteria.”
Also, payments under the 2021 Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme (ANC), which started in September, are continuing as more cases are cleared for payment.
Direct Payments Helpline
Extended hours are in place for the Direct Payments Helpline to facilitate farmers wishing to contact the department regarding payments.
From Monday, October 18th to Friday, October 22nd, the helpdesk will be available to answer farmers’ queries up to 8.30 pm.
Farmers can ring the Helpdesk at 057-8674422 or can submit any queries they may have online via www.agfood.ie.
Furthermore, the department has recently written to all farmers outlining the payment schedule over the coming months.
In concluding, McConalogue said:
“I am committed to ensuring that these scheme payments continue to issue in the most efficient way possible to ensure that these vital supports are delivered to farmers in a timely manner.”