Tuesday, 26 March 2019
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Agriculture Scheme Data
83. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of farmers in receipt of more than €60,000 from the basic payment scheme in 2018; the amount of BPS and greening payments paid to these farmers; the percentage of farmers entitled to the 30% top-up greening payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13803/19]
Under the Direct Payment system a farmer's payment can be a combination of payment under four separate schemes:
- Basic Payment Scheme (BPS)
- Payment for Agricultural Practices beneficial for the Climate and the Environment (Greening Payment)
- Young Farmers Scheme (YFS)
- Aid for protein crops
All eligible farmers will receive a payment under the BPS and a Greening Payment. The Greening payment is a top up of the Basic Payment Scheme and amounts to approximately 44% of the total value of entitlements activated. Over 90% of farmers automatically qualify for the Greening Payment on the basis of their current farming practices. The remainder a required to undertake specific measures to qualify.
123,307 eligible applications were received under the 2018 Basic Payment Scheme and payments amounting to €1.174bn have issued to 123,028 applicants. In total, 99.8% of applicants who have received a BPS payment have also received a Greening payment.
Of these, 275 applicants have received a BPS payment of more than €60,000. In all, these farmers have received €21.74m in BPS payments and €9.57m in Greening payments.