Tree growers can apply online for 2013 annual forest premiums, and view some of their payment history and maps of their forest plantations.
By applying online, they will speed up the premium payment process. Payment will be made within weeks of application, instead of waiting for a bulk run in April.
There are just 5,500 forest owners registered for the Department’s online services, and they will be able to submit online applications.
Forest owners who are not registered, and who would like to avail of this online service, can register online at the www.agfood.ie website.
Payment of the annual forestry premiums had been paper-based, with 19,000 application forms issuing in January, to be completed by forest owners drawing down premiums totalling about €70m.
The main payment run then followed in April, totalling about €55m on the basis of 16,000 valid applications, with subsequent, smaller payment runs thereafter, as and when applications are received and queries resolved.
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