With the Single Application closing date of 15 May 2015 fast approaching Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill is urging farmers to submit their application online as soon as possible.
Up to 30,000 Single Applications are expected to be received by the Department this year and just over 8,460 have been received to date, with 5,648 being submitted online.
Urging farmers to submit their applications online as soon as possible Minister O’Neill said: “I would like to thank those farmers who have already submitted their Single Applications, especially those who used DARD’s online service to do so.
“This year, my Department expects to receive almost 30,000 Single Applications, of which we have received 8,460. With the deadline of 15 May fast approaching I am appealing to farmers to help us to help you by applying now using the online service rather than the paper application. I would also remind farmers to ensure that all necessary supporting evidence in support of applications is received on or before 15 May as late applications will be penalised.”
Highlighting the drawbacks of the paper application process, the Minister added: “Although my Department received a record number of Single Applications online last year, the majority were still completed on paper.
“Paper applications are more prone to mistakes, which can lead to delays and, in some cases, lead to penalties. With so many changes for 2015, it is important that even more farmers apply online this year to help us process more claims quickly for payment. The online system is quick, easy, and secure, with no queues.”