Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue has reminded farmers that the deadline for submitting their 2021 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) applications online is midnight on Monday 17 May.

This is also the deadline for the related submission of applications for transfer of entitlements, young farmer/national reserve, straw incorporation measure (SIM), Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) Scheme and Protein Aid Scheme.

Minister McConalogue said: “The financial support provided under schemes is a key support for farmers.

“Should any farmer require guidance in making their application, they should ring the Department’s helpdesk.”

In relation to the new straw incorporation measure, the Minister added: “This new €10m measure is an important support for tillage farmers and I would encourage eligible farmers to apply by the May deadline.”


The Department has been helping farmers in making their applications in recent weeks through its telephone helpdesk services.

The number is 076-106 4420 and lines will be open for extended hours in the run-up to the application date as follows:

  • Between 9.15am and 9pm from Monday 10 May to Friday 14 May.
  • On Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 May from 9.30am to 5pm.
  • Between 9.15am and 11.59pm on Monday 17 May.