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Basic Payment Scheme applications now open

The 2017 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) is now open for applications, the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) announced yesterday, 1 March 2017.

By applying online through the Rural Payments service, farmers and agents can now quickly check and update existing personal and business details, as well as view and transfer land and entitlements.

RPA Interim Chief Executive Paul Caldwell said:

"Last year a record 80% of applications were received online and the BPS hopes to increase this figure for 2017. Help and support in applying for BPS is available every step of the way through our online guidance or at the end of the phone."

Those who did not apply online, or who did not use an agent will soon be sent a paper form and guidance notes. *Northern Ireland applicant will however had to apply online.

Applicantions close at midnight on the 15th May 2017

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