Department clinics going well as farmers move to online applications

THE push is on to get all farmers to have their Basic Payments Scheme application (BPS) submitted on time and online before the closing deadline of Tuesday, May 15 next.

Over recent weeks, the Dept. of Agriculture have been holding a series of ‘one-to’one’ clinics for farmers, many of whom previously had submitted their applications on paper and via the postal system.

Farmers from the North Galway area attended a Department clinic in Tuam on Tuesday night with many farmers lodging their applications ‘on-the-spot’ after advice from the Dept. officials present.

This year is the first time that all application for the BPS scheme have had to be submitted on line but the Dept. of Agriculture have reported a very positive response to their clinics from the farming community.

“Over 55,000 farmers have taken advantage of the early opening of the BPS application period this year and have already submitted their applications online.

“Our clinics have proven to be very popular with farmers to date, and many farmers have been able to lodge their applications on the spot with the help of staff from the Department.

“All farmers who have not yet applied online are encouraged to do so at their earliest opportunity to ensure that their application for this important financial support is submitted on time,” the Department stated.

Galway IFA Chairperson Anne Mitchell who attended one of the Department clinics in Ballinasloe said that they were very well organised in a farmer friendly set-up, with eight officials in separate booths dealing with farmers on a one-to-one basis.

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