Basic Payment Scheme (BPS)
- An advance payment of up to 50pc may be made from mid-October, with the balancing payment in December. All EU scheme payments to farmers can only be made to a bank account. All applications must be made online. If you are not already registered for the departments online services you should register now on www.agfood.ie. Should you experience any difficulty registering please contact our helpdesk for assistance.
- Alternatively, you can authorise an agricultural consultant or Teagasc advisor to apply on your behalf. To access the relevant authorisation forms please go to or contact your local consultant or advisor.
Applicants must ensure that their completed 2019 BPS/Greening and other area-based schemes application must be submitted online to the Department no later than midnight on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. A 2019 BPS application that is completed and submitted online to the Department by a farmer or his/her authorised Agent will be accepted as a valid application provided that all other conditions of the BPS are met.
Your pre-printed statement of land and maps are correct at the time of printing. The online application system will provide the most up-to-date land details and maps. It is the farmer’s responsibility to ensure all his/her land is included in the application.
Late Application Deductions
The Land Availability Rule
To claim the direct payment under the 2019 BPS, all of the hectares of land declared by you to support your claim (owned, rented-in and leased-in) must be subject to an agricultural activity for a period from the beginning of the year until after May 31, 2019 or for a period before May 31, 2019 to December 31, 2019.
In the case of the ANC scheme, the land must be available to the applicant for the entire calendar year. An 11-month conacre agreement will be deemed to also be eligible but the applicant may be deemed responsible for breaches of the cross compliance requirements for the entire calendar year.
Land Leases/Letting Agreements
If, in keeping with your standard farming practice, you enter into leases or letting agreements for any of the lands declared on your 2019 BPS application you must be in a position to provide verifiable evidence that the land is available to you for the required period as set out under the ‘Land Availability Rule’.
· The land must be managed by the applicant. If the applicant is not the owner of the land, he/she must be in a position to provide verifiable evidence that the land is available to him/her for the required period as set out in the ‘Land Availability Rule’;
· There must be independent and suitable access for animals and/or machinery for the farming enterprise being conducted. Independent access means access by public or private roadway or by a defined right of way. Access over adjoining landowners land, or over land which is subject to a lease or rental agreement to another person, is not acceptable;· There must be appropriate fencing for the farming enterprise being conducted;· There must be defined external boundaries except in the case of commonage;
· If at inspection the applicant claims to be farming the land with animals then the type of animals must be appropriate to the land and there must be appropriate handling facilities available on the lands to meet the animals’ welfare requirements.
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