Don't miss the May 15 Single Farm Payment deadline
As the deadline for Single Farm Payment (SFP) applications nears this Thursday, farmers were being urged to do more to avoid missing out on the crucial payment.
"Unfortunately quite a number of applications are received after the May 15 deadline each year and in some of these cases it is not possible to make any payment," said the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney.
The Single Payment Unit of the Department of Agriculture in Portlaoise will be open to farmers until 9pm today and tomorrow and until midnight this Thursday to facilitate last-minute applications. No applications will be accepted at local Department offices.
Farmers are also being advised to switch to online applications in order to ensure that errors are minimised.
"Due to the system of in-built validations on the online facility, the options for applicants to make errors on their applications is dramatically restricted," explained the minister in a statement on the issue.
While the majority of applications are now made online, farmers posting forms must send them by express post or registered post, in order to have proof of postage.
The IFA encouraged farmers to get the application in by the Thursday deadline, pointing out that they can make still amendments to their application up to May 31.
Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil agriculture spokesperson Éamon Ó Cuív has called on farmers to make their voices heard over the coming weeks before Minister Coveney makes his final submission on Ireland's implementation of CAP reform to Brussels at the end of June.