IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy has reminded farmers that the deadline for 2017 BPS applications is next Monday, May 15th. Richard Kennedy urged all farmers to ensure they get their applications in before the midnight deadline.
Penalties are applied where applications are received late so it is important that you allow enough time to complete the form accurately and make sure it is submitted on time.
IFA is encouraging farmers to make online applications in order to benefit from pre-checking, instant confirmation of receipt of application, reduced application errors and greater accuracy, maps online, text alert from the Department, payment on time within deadlines and linkages to other schemes.
More than 100,000 farmers have so far submitted a 2017 BPS application, 88% of them through the online system.
Supports to help you make your application
The Department of Agriculture has put in place a number of additional supports for farmers to help in completing applications.
Department staff are available at the following locations to accept paper applications or to sit down with farmers on a one to one basis and help them to submit their online application on the spot:
At Government Offices in Portlaoise
Between 9.30 am and 9pm from Monday 8th May to Friday 12th May
Between 9.30 am and 5pm on Saturday 13th May and Sunday 14th May
Between 9.30 am and 12 midnight on Monday 15th May
At the Department’s offices in Farnham Road, Cavan
Between 9.30 am and 5.30 pm on May 11th and May 15th
At the Department’s offices in Derryhallagh, Drumshanbo
Between 9.30 am and 5.30pm on May 12th and May 15th.
A dedicated telephone helpdesk is also available to assist farmers applying on line.
The helpdesk can be contacted at 0761 064420. This line will be open until 9pm from Monday 8th May to Friday 12th May, from 9.30 am to 5pm on Saturday 13th May and Sunday 14th May, and until midnight on Monday 15th May.