16 MAY 2018
ICSA president Patrick Kent has reminded farmers that they can make amendments to their Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) application until midnight on Tuesday 31 May without penalty as long as they submitted their initial application by last night’s deadline. This year it was mandatory for all applications to be lodged online.
Mr Kent said, “It remains to be seen if everyone wishing to submit an application could do so in time. Indications are there were some difficulties lodging applications as the deadline approached. Given this was the first year all applications had to be made online, we would call for some flexibility to be shown where individuals had genuine difficulty in fulfilling this obligation. It is also important to remember that you can add to or take from your application right up to midnight on 31 May without penalty.”
Anyone with outstanding issues regarding their BPS application are advised to contact The Department of Agriculture offices in Portlaoise on 076 106 4424.