Some 630 farm partnerships are waiting to be paid their 2020 Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) payment.

Payments to farmers who submitted partnership applications to the scheme are “being processed as a matter of priority”, a spokesperson for the Department of Agriculture told the Irish Farmers Journal.

Payments under the BDGP began on 14 December last and €38m has been issued to over 21,000 farmers to date.

Further payment runs will issue as applicants continue to satisfy the compliance requirements, the Department spokesperson said.

Rollover of BDGP

Of the 52% of farmers in the BDGP who have responded to the Department about returning to the scheme in 2021, 97% have applied to continue.

Farmers have until 15 January to tell the Department whether would like to continue in the scheme this year.

Meanwhile, the majority of farmers in the GLAS and Organic Farming Scheme have opted to extend their contracts for 2021.

Some 98% of GLAS I and II participants responded by the deadline of 31 December and of these, 98% applied to continue in the scheme for an additional year.

In the Organic Farming Scheme, 97% of farmers responded by the deadline and of these, 97% applied to continue in the scheme for an additional year.

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