21 Feb 2020
INFORMATION CLINICS NEEDED FOR FARMERS APPLYING FOR BPSBrussels, Farm Schemes, Payments and Inspections
IFA Deputy President Brian Rushe said the Department of Agriculture should set up information clinics to farmers, where necessary, about the online application process for the Basic Payment Scheme.
The Department announced today that the BPS for 2020 is open and will close on May 15th.
“Given the importance of the Basic Payment for farmers, in particular the drystock and tillage sectors, the Department must provide relevant support before farmers make their application,” he said.
The next meeting of the Charter of Farmers’ Rights will take place on Thurs, Mar 5th. Brian Rushe said he would be raising the need for clinics in as many locations as possible.
The IFA Deputy President said he will also be raising concerns about the LIPIS review in the north east. This has led to delays in payments to some farmers in 2019.
“This situation cannot be repeated this year as this review extends to other areas”.
Brian Rushe also reminded farmers that the National Reserve and the Young Farmer top-up will be available this year.