The Basic Payment Scheme is an income supplement paid to farmers. You are paid per hectare of land used for farming. The payment is not related to the output of the farm - it is just based on the hectares of land that you use.
You must apply for the payment once each year.
How to qualify
You must manage land and be involved in farming. This includes:
milking, breeding animals and keeping animals for farming purposes
managing land that can be used for grazing or growing
Farmers receiving Basic Payment Scheme payments are also eligible for a top-up called the Greening Payment
Your Basic Payment Scheme application is also where you apply for payment under other schemes you are participating in including:
Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme and the Areas of Specific Constraints (Islands) Scheme
Protein aid scheme
Green Low-Carbon Agri-Enviroment Scheme (GLAS)
Beef data and genomics programme
Organic Farming Scheme
Continued Participation in the Young Farmers Scheme
New applicants for the Young Farmers Scheme or previously successful applicants who have changed their registration details are required to complete a separate online application.
A sample of scheme applicants are selected for inspection each year.
You are paid per hectare farmed. Under the scheme, this is called an eligible hectare. The rate you are paid for an ‘eligible hectare’ is called your entitlement value.
The number of entitlements each farmer holds, and their values, vary depending on various factors such as:
payment rates received under previous direct payment schemes
adjustments each year to move values towards the national average
This adjustment process is called convergence
. Each entitlement the farmer holds must be linked to a hectare of farmed land to qualify for payment. The value of these entitlements is combined to calculate the Basic Payment Scheme payment.
The Basic Payment Scheme payment and the Greening Payment, which is calculated as approximately 44% of the Basic Payment, are then added together to form the total direct payment. Entitlements can also be transferred to other farmers
Maximum and minimum payment
The maximum payment that will be granted to any one farmer under the Basic Payment Scheme, excluding the Greening Payment, in any one scheme year is capped at €150,000. No payment will be made under the Basic Payment Scheme where the amount is less than €100.
An advance payment of up to 70% may be made in October. Payments under the Basic Payment Scheme are usually completed in December.
You must apply online by logging in or registering at www.agfood.ie
. You must apply by midnight on Wednesday 15 May 2020.
If your login or password are expired and need to be renewed please contact the Department's helpdesk.