The Department of Agriculture has commenced issuing Basic Payment Scheme, Young Farmer Scheme and National Reserve payments.
Commencing BPS balancing payments will bring the total paid under the 2021 scheme to €1.12 billion to almost 121,000 farmers.
Since mid-October, the DAFM has paid out €769 million in BPS advance payments to over 118,000 farmers.
“Some 97% of all eligible farmers have received a 70% advance payment. I am happy to confirm that the 30% balancing payments under the BPS have now commenced and are on schedule.”
“I make the rapid issuing of payments a priority for my department. The €1.12 billion paid to date under the 2021 BPS and Greening is a vital support for farmers across the country and to the overall rural economy.”
He said the efficient issuing of scheme payments to farmers continues to be a “key” priority for his department.
National Reserve and Young Farmers Scheme
The minister also confirmed that payments under the 2021 National Reserve and the Young Farmers Scheme will also commence.
“I am pleased that payments under the National Reserve and the Young Farmers Scheme are also being issued. Both payments play a crucial role in supporting young farmers and new entrants to farming.”
“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 Department to respond as soon as possible to facilitate payment.”
Balancing payments under the Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) Scheme are scheduled to commence next week.
The DAFM will issue payments under the Protein Aid Scheme and the Straw Incorporation Measure in December.