Under the Direct Payment system a farmer's payment can be a combination of payment under four separate schemes:
- Basic Payment Scheme (BPS)
- Payment for Agricultural Practices beneficial for the Climate and the Environment (Greening Payment)
- Young Farmers Scheme (YFS)
- Aid for protein crops
All eligible farmers will receive a payment under the BPS and a Greening Payment. The Greening payment is a top up of the Basic Payment Scheme and amounts to approximately 44% of the total value of entitlements activated. Over 90% of farmers automatically qualify for the Greening Payment on the basis of their current farming practices. The remainder a required to undertake specific measures to qualify.
123,307 eligible applications were received under the 2018 Basic Payment Scheme and payments amounting to €1.174bn have issued to 123,028 applicants. In total, 99.8% of applicants who have received a BPS payment have also received a Greening payment.
Of these, 275 applicants have received a BPS payment of more than €60,000. In all, these farmers have received €21.74m in BPS payments and €9.57m in Greening payments.