Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Questions (396)

Niamh Smyth


396. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when the single farm payment will be issued; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40897/18]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Advance payments under the BPS are due to start from October 16th. This is the earliest possible date on which advance payments can be made. For 2018, the Department has made arrangements to set the BPS advance payment at 70%, rather than the standard 50%.

Advance payments will continue on a rolling basis after the 16th October in order to ensure that cases are paid once they are cleared. The balancing payments due under the BPS (30%) will then commence from the start of December 2018. As usual, the BPS payment will also include the payment under the Greening Scheme.