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Farmers Urged to Contact Teagasc for SPS Application

Farmers are being encouraged to contact their Teagasc adviser immediately if they need assistance to complete their single farm payment application form. The deadline for all Single Payment Scheme forms to be submitted to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is 15 May.

Head of Teagasc advisory service Dermot McCarthy said that applications involving leased land are taking longer to complete as these farmers face greater changes under the new CAP rules. He said: “Anyone with leased land should make an appointment straight away. Previous clients that had retired from farming and had leased out their land and or entitlements, are coming back to Teagasc for advice. These are being handled where staff resources allow.”

Consultations between farmers and Teagasc advisers are generally taking longer this year as there are more questions on the incoming changes to individual’s SPS entitlements next year.

Derogations under the nitrates directive are being finalised by Teagasc advisers for farmers at the moment in advance of the 30 April deadline.