Entitlement transfers deadlineof May 4 is fast approaching

The Ulster Farmers’ Union would like to notify members that the deadline to complete a transfer of entitlements for the 2020 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) is May 4, 2020.

Sunday, 3rd May 2020, 12:28 pm

The Ulster Farmers’ Union would like to notify members that the deadline to complete a transfer of entitlements for the 2020 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) is May 4, 2020.

A representative from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs said: “To date, over 3,000 entitlement transfers for the 2020 scheme year have bene completed by farm businesses, an increase of 19 percent compared to 2019.

“We would urge those farmers who need to complete an entitlement transfer, to please do so by the closing date of 4 May 2020, otherwise the entitlements will not take effect until the 2021 scheme year.”

How can I transfer entitlements?

The easiest and quickest way to complete a transfer of entitlements is to do so online at www.daera-ni.gov.uk/services/daera-online-services.  Advice and guidance, including helpful ‘How to’ videos are also available online on the DAERA website at https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/topics/grants-and-funding/area-based-schemes-2020.

What if I cannot use online services?

Further help is available from DAERA by calling the Single Application Advisory service on 0300 200 7848, or by emailing [email protected]

This year an enhanced advisory service is available to help farmers who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  If you are transferring entitlements because of an inheritance or anticipated inheritance, DAERA advises that you contact them on the telephone number above as soon as possible, to ensure your application can be submitted before the deadline.