The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, TD today reminded farmers that the deadline to submit their 2020 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and Beef Environmental Efficiency Programme – Suckler (BEEP-S) applications online is Friday 15 May.

The rate of submission of applications for 2020 BPS continues to be significantly ahead of last year’s rate and the BEEP-S applications are going well also. 

The Department has been assisting farmers in making their applications in recent weeks through its telephone helpdesk services. 

The Minister announced that this Lo-call telephone service will be available to farmers for extended hours in the run up to the deadline. 

The helpdesk service telephone 0761 06 44 20 will now be available as follows:

• On Saturday, 9 May from 9.30am to 5.00pm 
• Between 9.15am and 9.00pm from Monday, 11 May to Thursday, 14 May
• Between 9.15 am and 12 midnight on Friday, 15 May. 

The Minister commented: “The financial support provided under schemes is a key support for farmers. I would urge all farmers to lodge their applications as soon as possible before the 15 May deadline. 

“Should any farmer require guidance in making their application, they should ring the Department’s helpdesk where a member of staff will be able to assist them.”