Wales and Northern Ireland open for 2019 BPS applications

Wales and Northern Ireland have opened the applications systems for farmers’ 2019 direct payment claims.

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (Daera) in Northern Ireland has led the way, opening up for 2019 Single Application forms on 1 March.

The entitlement transfer service also opened on 1 March, with the deadline for transfers being 2 May.

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Meanwhile, the Welsh government opened its online Single Application Form service on 4 March.

Farmers are now able to complete their annual claim using the Rural Payments Wales Online facility.

The application window for Basic Payment Scheme claims in England is scheduled to open on 13 March, while in Scotland the scheme will open on 15 March.

Farmers across all four regions will need to return their completed applications by 15 May in order to avoid late penalties.