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Closing date for SPS imminent

The closing date for completed Single Payment Scheme (SPS) applications is just one week away.

All applications must be received by the Single Payment Unit in the Department of Agriculture's Portlaoise office no later than midnight on Wednesday, May 15, 2013.

This is the latest date allowed under EU rules and, it cannot be extended. It is not permitted to submit your form through a local office.

The Department of Agriculture has warned farmers that a certificate of posting is no longer acceptable as proof of postage.

In the event that the Department does not receive your completed 2013 SPS application, which you sent by post, you will be required to produce the Express post receipt as proof of postage.

The only other acceptable proof of postage will be a Registered Post receipt.

Farmers wishing to submit their applications online need to register at or by contacting the agfood Online Services Helpdesk on Lo call 1890 252 118 or e-mail to

The online facility is aimed at reducing the number of potential errors made on the SPS application and eliminating processing delays.

Irish Independent