Definitive Statements will provide clarity on Basic Payment Scheme, says Minister

EU income support available to farmers up to including 2019 will be mapped out for them in Definitive Statements of Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) Entitlements which they will shortly receive.

Agriculture Minister Michael Creed said the statements will provide clarity for farmers on the number and value of their Basic Payment Scheme entitlements from 2015 to 2019.

When the Basic Payment Scheme and Greening Payment replaced the Single Payment Scheme at the end of 2014, a new set of BPS entitlements were allocated to all eligible applicants, worth a total of more than €1bn.

New entitlements were determined by the number of eligible hectares declared by a farmer in 2013 or 2015, whichever was the lesser, and the value of entitlements owned in 2014, plus any Grassland Sheep Scheme payments.

All entitlements became subject to convergence, the process by which farmers over the national average entitlement value of €184 lose out, with payment reductions, and farmers under 90% of the average gain, to reach at least 60% of the average by 2019. By 2019, no farmer will receive more than €700/hectare.

The statements will also confirm the greening payment up to 2019, based on a fixed percentage (44% in 2015) of an entitlement value calculated each year in accordance with total value of entitlements activated by all farmers.

The statements will also confirm the reduction in eligible hectares for the Single Payment and Basic Payment schemes, from 4,748,785.45 hectares in 2013 to 4,593,536.38 hectares in 2015.

Farmers need to declare an eligible hectare for each payment entitlement held, in order to benefit from payment.


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