Entitlements transfer window opening soon

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Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has announced that farmers will have their first opportunity to transfer Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) entitlements when the Entitlements window opens on 4 April.

The Minister stated: “From 4 April farmers and agents can begin transferring entitlements for 2016 BPS. Entitlements can be transferred by gift, sale, lease or through actual or anticipated inheritance. They can also be transferred as the result of a business merger or scission. For a transfer to take effect for the 2016 BPS year DARD must receive the application between 4 April and 3 May 2016.

“This year my Department is offering a new online service to complete your transfer on line. If the transfer is straightforward the easiest way to do this is using DARD’s new online Entitlement Transfer service. This service is secure, fast and easy to use. There is no paper form to complete and the transfer takes place instantly.”

Farmers who wish to transfer entitlements on paper must do so using Form TE1 ‘Transfer Application’. For a transfer to take effect for the 2016 BPS Scheme year DARD must receive the TE1 application between 4 April and 3 May 2016.

To get a Gateway ID or password, call the DARD online services team on 028 94426699; text EASY to 67300 or go to the Department’s website at: www.dardni.gov.uk/services/dard-online-services