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Opportunity to correct BISS applications without penalty

Opportunity to correct BISS applications without penalty

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has advised farmers of two important opportunities regarding corrections to their 2024 Basic Income Support for Sustainability (BISS) and other area-based schemes.

The first of these are preliminary checks which will identify any over-claims, overlaps or dual claims. Notifications are issued where the department finds such an error on the farmer’s 2024 BISS application. Where a farmer or advisor receives a preliminary check notification, they should log on to www.agfood.ie and respond before the deadline of 21 June 2024.

Secondly, notifications relating to the Area Monitoring System (AMS) were due to begin from 6 June 2024 for a minority of farmers. The first round of AMS notifications are for the potential presence of artificial surfaces, for example: buildings, farmyard extensions and farm roadways, in land parcels(s). Farmers will have until 20 June 2024 to respond to these notifications. Further rounds of AMS notifications will issue from July 2024 onwards.

These Preliminary Checks and AMS notifications allow the farmer the opportunity to rectify issues with their BISS and other area-based scheme applications, without penalty. Farmers and advisors should check the correspondence section of their agfood.ie online account. Where a farmer is signed up for text message alerts, a text will issue to advise them that they have a notification on their agfood.ie account.