Farmers reminded of BPS entitlement transfer deadlines

The deadline is looming for farmers in Northern Ireland to transfer Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) entitlements.

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (Daera) has reminded farmers that the deadline to complete a transfer so it is ready for a 2019 BPS claim is midnight on 2 May 2019.

Transfers by sale, gift or lease can be logged through the online entitlement transfer service.

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However, transfers of entitlements due to actual or anticipated inheritance must be completed using a paper form (TE1), which can be downloaded from Daera’s website. 

A Daera spokesperson said: “More than 1,300 farm businesses have already successfully completed their online transfer of entitlements for 2019 BPS. We recommend you check your position and gather your information now to make sure you have completed the transfer before the 2 May deadline, avoiding any risk to payments.”

Entitlement transfer deadlines

  • England – 15 May (midnight)
  • Northern Ireland – 2 May (midnight)
  • Scotland – CLOSED (2 April)
  • Wales – 30 April (midnight)