Farmers urged to submit Single Payment applications before May 15

Teagasc is urging farmers to submit their Single Payment Scheme forms to the Department of Agriculture before the May 15 deadline.

Teagasc has reminded farmers that its advisers are available to help complete the application form.

Head of Teagasc advisory service, Dermot McCarthy, said that applications involving leased land are taking longer to complete as these farmers face greater changes under the new CAP rules.

Mr McCarthy said: “Anyone with leased land should make an appointment straight away. Previous clients that had retired from farming and had leased out their land and or entitlements, are coming back to Teagasc for advice. These are being handled where staff resources allow.”

Consultations between farmers and Teagasc advisers are generally taking longer this year as there are more questions on the incoming changes to individual’s SPS entitlements next year.

Derogations under the nitrates directive are now being finalised by Teagasc advisers for farmers in advance of the April 30 deadline.

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