Creed confirms 3,000 registered Farm Partnerships
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is currently processing applications for the 2020 Basic Payment Schemes. As in previous years, this can entail queries being sent to farmers in order to complete their applications for payment. The Department would like to remind farmers to respond promptly to any notifications they receive regarding their application. A prompt response helps the Department to progress these issues in advance of the October 16th payment date.
In previous years, all such query notifications issued by post. However, in 2020 a certain number of query notifications will only be issued via email to a farmer’s approved agricultural advisor or by text message to farmers who have signed up to the Department’s SMS service. Those not signed up or who have not authorised an advisor will continue to receive postal notifications. This change will help to ensure BPS applications can be processed in an efficient manner as the Department continues to respond to Covid-19 related restrictions.
Should a farmer receive such a notification, full details can be accessed on the agfood.ie system used for applying for BPS. Farmers who wish to contact the Department in relation to a notification can do so by ringing the Direct Payments Helpline at 076 106 4420 where a member of staff can advise on the matter. Where a query is not responded to, any follow up query will issue by post.
The Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Michael Creed T.D. today confirmed that the number of established Registered Farm Partnerships (RFPs) has now reached 3,000. This follows the registration of a further 343 new partnerships this year ahead of the Basic Payment Application (BPS) deadline of May 15.
The Minister commented “I am pleased that interest in the farm partnership model has continued to grow, and 3,000 Registered Farm Partnerships are currently registered with my Department.”
Apart from the obvious social benefits of forming a farm partnership e.g. better work/life balance, smoother intergenerational transfer and more efficient use of land, particularly around the milking platform, the State provides incentives to encourage the creation and maintenance of farm partnerships. These incentives include the granting of enhanced 50% stock relief to members of registered farm partnerships and allowing increased thresholds under some of the CAP Pillar I and Pillar II Schemes such as BPS and TAMS.
Minister Creed said “generational renewal within agriculture is recognised as a key challenge facing the sector. My Department has developed and supported policies to encourage the next generation of farm families and the take-up of Farm Partnerships in such numbers is testament to these incentives.”
In conclusion, the Minister commented “My Department has put a huge effort into assisting farmers with their applications and staff in the Farm Partnership Unit showed commitment, determination and flexibility to achieve this positive outcome for all concerned.”