Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (83)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

83. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of farmers in receipt of more than €60,000 from the basic payment scheme in 2018; the amount of BPS and greening payments paid to these farmers; the percentage of farmers entitled to the 30% top-up greening payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13803/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

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.