Basic Payment Scheme payments begin

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Donegal TD Charlie McConalogue has announced the start of advance payments under the 2021 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) including Greening.

The scheme is estimated to be worth €738 million to 114,600 farmers.

In order to facilitate farmers wishing to contact the department regarding their BPS or ANC payments, extended hours are in place for the Direct Payments Helpline.

From today until to Friday 22 October, the Helpdesk will be available to answer farmers’ queries up to 8.30pm each evening.

Farmers can ring the helpdesk at 057 867 4422

Farmers can also submit any queries they may have online via