West Cork Clinics for farmers applying for BPS

Clinics will be held to help West Cork farmers with their online applications for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), Fine Gael Senator, Tim Lombard, has confirmed.

Further to existing supports available, such as telephone help-lines, how-to guides and instructional videos, staff from the Department of Agriculture will be available to meet with farmers on a one-to-one basis to assist with making their applications.

Senator Lombard said: “These clinics have proven successful in the past; farmers can sit down with an official from the Department and make their online BPS or Transfer of Entitlements applications on the spot.

“Two online clinics will be held in West Cork: the first on Wednesday 11th April at the Celtic Ross Hotel in Rosscarbery, the second on Friday 27th April at the Beara Coast Hotel in Castletownbere. Both of these clinics will run in the morning, from 9am to 12:30pm.

“Online applications offer a range of benefits for farmers and also help the Department to issue these vital payments more efficiently.

“The recent growth in the number of online BPS applications shows more and more farmers are finding that the best way to apply for vital schemes such as BPS and ANC is online.

“Almost 20,000 farmers have already made their online applications this year, compared to a total of 3,500 applications received at this stage last year.

“From 2018 all the elements of the Direct Payments Schemes (BPS, Greening, Young Farmers Scheme, National Reserve, and Transferring of Entitlements) will be online.  This will help to ensure that the Department can process all applications under these schemes as efficiently as possible.”

Should farmers wish to contact the Department in relation to their online application they can do so at:

  • 076 1064424 in relation to queries on registering for agfood.ie (for example queries on lost passwords, how to register etc.), or
  • 076 1064420 in relation to queries on completing the BPS application once registered on www.agfood.ie, or to enquire about the one-to-one clinics.

 

21 March 2018

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