Deadline nears for farmers to apply for BPS

Farmers are being urged to apply for their Basic Payment Scheme claims.
Farmers are being urged to apply for their Basic Payment Scheme claims.

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has now received 12,900 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) applications.

But with just over four weeks to go until the June 15 deadline, farmers who have not yet submitted their claim are being urged to do so as soon as possible.

RPA has sent farmers, either by email or on paper, everything they need to make their claim ahead of the June 15 application deadline.

Anyone who has not received their pre-populated form or maps should contact the Rural Payments helpline on 03000 200 301.

The Agency has this week contacted farmers who do not have an agent reminding them about the application process and where they can find help. This includes the small number who have yet to register on the Rural Payments system.

Customer director Justin Chamberlain said: “There is now just over a month to go until the application deadline and I would urge farmers to start their application as soon as possible.

“Please don’t leave it until the last moment – begin your claim now so that you have time to access any help you may need.”