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Advance payment of €700 million to 111,000 farmers under 2017 BPS in Ireland

Staff Writer |
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, announced the commencement of advance payments under the 2017 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and the Greening Payment in Ireland.

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The Minister said “I am particularly pleased that these payments, worth some €700 million to 111,000 farmers, have now commenced issuing. Every year, the advance payment of the BPS is a vital support for farmers across sectors in terms of maximising cash flow.

“It is a priority for my Department that these payments issue in the most efficient manner possible, and that they commence on the earliest date possible under EU Regulations.”

Following recent discussions with the EU Commission, the Minister also confirmed that the level of the advance payment is set at 70% for 2017 rather than 50% as provided for in the EU legislation.

The Minister also commented that “I am happy to confirm that the 111,000 farmers paid in the initial tranche of advance payments represent an increase over the 109,000 farmers paid at this stage last year.

“Over 90% of eligible applicants for the BPS have now been paid in this first tranche. As we move to full online application by 2018, my Department will be able to introduce further efficiencies into the processing of payments which will be of direct benefit to farmers.”

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