The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association is urging farmers to submit their Single Farm Payment forms on time by today’s 5.30pm deadline or midnight for online applications.
Gabriel Gilmartin, the association’s president, said: “It is vital to submit this form on time as any delay will cost you money in the form of deductions. The Single Farm Payment is the most important application that farmers will have to make this year. In many cases, the payment is absolutely crucial to the overall viability of a farm.”
Applications arriving tomorrow will face a 1% deduction, increasing by 1% per working day until the cut-off date of Jun 10, when the penalty rises to 100%.
“Last year 1,700 farmers lost out on €1.6m in payments due to late applications. These are substantial losses that could easily have been avoided,” Mr Gilmartin said.
“The important thing is to get the form in on time. Amendments can easily be made afterwards.”
Single Farm Payment Amendment forms can be submitted up until May 31.
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