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Tuesday 17 October 2017

No need for PSC to get farm payments - Creed

Agriculture Minister Michael Creed at the launch of this year’s National Ploughing Championships. Photo: Alf Harvey
Agriculture Minister Michael Creed at the launch of this year’s National Ploughing Championships. Photo: Alf Harvey
Margaret Donnelly

Margaret Donnelly

Farmers will not need a Public Services Card (PSC) to access their farm payments through the Department of Agriculture's website agfood.ie, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed says.

He told the Irish Independent that its services are available through agfood.ie and there is no requirement for a PSC on its portal.

Mr Creed said the services will continue to be available on agfood.ie without a PSC.

It comes after a week of uncertainty around whether farmers would need PSCs and calls from farming organisations for clarity on the matter.

Mr Creed said that farmers will also be able to access the Department of Agriculture's services through mygovID.ie from September 2018, but the minister said those who want to can continue to apply for grants and services online through the Department of Agriculture's website without a PSC.

"If people want to apply for entitlements and grants, they can do so through agfood.ie without a Public Services Card," said Mr Creed.

This year, some 114,000 Irish farmers applied for grants and services through agfood.ie with plans afoot to move all of Ireland's 130,000 farmers onto online applications for such services and grants.

All applications for EU funds under the Basic Payment Scheme have to be made online through the agfood.ie website by 2018.

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Suggestions this week that farmers might have to acquire Public Services Cards to avail of such services were greeted with anger from farming organisations.


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