Farmers are being reminded that the closing date for the 2023 Basic Income Support for Sustainability (BISS) is next Mon, 29th May.

IFA Deputy President Brian Rushe says department figures suggest over 99,000 BISS applications have been submitted so far. This means there is a significant number of farmers out there who have yet to apply.

He says it’s important that farmers get their applications in on time.

Next Monday is the deadline not only for BISS but a range of other schemes too - including the Complementary Income Support for Young Farmers, the National Reserve, and Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC).

Mr Rushe is advising farmers, particularly those submitting applications themselves, to double check that applications aren’t still on the system in draft format.

He also acknowledged the extension of the closing date for transfers of entitlements, only until midnight on June 14th, to deal with the backlog of applications coming through.

Farmers can contact DAFM’s Direct Payments Helpdesk on 057-8674422 for application queries. The lines will be open for extended hours in the run up to the application deadline.


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