The section in the Department of Agriculture dealing with Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and Area of Natural Constraint (ANC) payments continues to report steady progress in getting applications cleared for payment. The total amount of money paid under BPS now stands at €782m, with 118,597 applicants paid. Meanwhile, 86,133 farmers have received their ANC payment, bringing the total paid to €186m.

The Department continues to implement payments on a regular basis as queries are addressed and applications are cleared. This will continue until the end of the month, at which stage balancing 30% BPS payments will commence. Any applicant who has yet to receive any BPS payment so far will receive 100% of the payment at this stage.