Agriculture and Environment Minister Edwin Poots has announced that agricultural businesses can apply for their one-time funding from March 1, 2022.
He said the funding, totaling some £300million, is the biggest source of income for local farmers.
“I am delighted to announce that the 2022 Single Application and Card Service and Entitlement Transfer Service will open on Tuesday, March 1. I encourage all farmers to apply early so they don’t miss out on this funding which is the biggest source of income for them,” said Minister Poots.
“We have seen over the past few years the importance and value of our high quality local food sector and the need to ensure the financial viability of these businesses. Our food producers must have confidence in their future. I therefore urge all farmers to apply early and use our helpline on 0300 200 7848 if they need any help or advice.
Single requests and requests for the transfer of rights can be submitted via the online service of DAERA from March 1st. The rights transfer service will close on May 3. Single requests must be submitted by May 16 to avoid a late fee. The deadline for accepting single applications is June 9.
Single Claim is the method to claim one of the following plans:
- Basic Payment Scheme (BPS);
- Young Farmer Payment (YFP);
- Allocation or additional entitlement to the regional reserve (as a young farmer or new entrant);
- Environmental Farming Program (EFS);
- Agricultural Woodland Premium Scheme (FWPS);
- Agricultural Woodland Program (FWS);
- Forest expansion program (annual bonuses);
- Small Woodland Grant Scheme (SWGS); Where
- Diet of protein crops.
Minister Poots continued: “The Protein Crops scheme has been a huge success in 2021 and will be available again in 2022. The scheme aims to encourage the production of combinable beans, peas and sweet lupins in Northern Ireland and is worth up to £330 per hectare, providing the 1,000 hectare ceiling is not reached. I encourage farmers to consider planting these crops and apply for the support available on their unique request. »
Farmers must also use the Single Request and Map service to notify the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) of any changes to their land.
Farmers should submit their applications as soon as possible from March 1, 2022 in order to have sufficient time to check all their information and ensure that it is correct in order to avoid unnecessary penalties.
Customers logging into DAERA online services in 2022 will be guided through a “two-factor authentication” process, involving a security code sent to their mobile or email address. This process is similar to that used for online banking or other similar services, and is now standard for online accounts.