24 APRIL 2018
ICSA rural development chairman Seamus Sherlock has reminded farmers to get their Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) applications in sooner rather than later. “The deadline of 15 May is three weeks from today and we know a significant number of farmers have yet to complete their applications through the Department of Agriculture’s online system,” he said.
Mr Sherlock said he was concerned that the roll out of rural broadband was so far behind schedule and was bound to have an impact for farmers completing applications online. “It is certainly an issue that the Department of Agriculture is placing this onus on farmers when the issue of adequate rural broadband in still not solved.”
2018 is the first year it is mandatory for all BPS applications and the Transfer of Entitlements to be submitted online.
“Approximately 16,000 farmers completed their 2017 applications manually so this will be a big change for those. However, anyone encountering difficulties should avail of the assistance on offer from the Department of Agriculture or liaise with a qualified agricultural consultant.”