Thursday, 10 May 2018

Ceisteanna (250)

Charlie McConalogue

Ceist:

250. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of applicants to date for 2018 basic payment scheme, BPS; and if the extension of the current deadline will be examined in view of recent pressures on farmers caused by the fodder shortages. [20777/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

Following recent discussion at EU level, the EU Commission undertook to draft legislation in relation to an extension to the deadline for the submission of BPS applications.  Any such extension would be voluntary for Member States.  Ireland has not requested a deadline extension in respect of BPS applications.

2018 is the first year that all BPS applications are to be made online, and in 2017 114,000 BPS applications were made online. 

My Department has also put in place a range of supports for farmers to assist them in making the move to online applications.  The Department is in ongoing contact with farmers in order to ensure that all applications are made online by 15 May.  As of yesterday 105,000 farmers have already applied online for 2018 BPS, and the overall application rate is ahead of previous years.

 It should be noted that any extension to the deadline for receipt of applications  would have an adverse impact on the delivery of BPS payments in October 2018.