Farmers experiencing any difficulty
filing the Single Payment Scheme application forms should avail of the
one-to-one service currently on offer by the Department of Agriculture.
the deadline for applications looms, Minister Coughlan said: "My
Department has organised countrywide Single Farm Payment consultation sessions
over the next two weeks for farmers who have queries they wish to have answered
before completing their 2007 SPS application forms. Experienced staff from the
Single Payment Unit are available for one-to-one personal consultations with
individual farmers at each of the venues publicised from 6 pm to 10 pm.
are assured that their queries will be dealt with in private by staff who are
familiar with the queries that farmers have and have a working knowledge of the
entire SPS. This facility will be of benefit to farmers with queries on the
Single Farm Payment, including queries on Single Farm Payment entitlements; the
transfer or trading of the entitlements; stacking of entitlements and land
Minister also reminded farmers that a helpline facility dealing with Single
Payment queries is available between until 4th May 2007 - the deadline for
receipt of applications. The helplines - 1890 252 242 and 1890 252 233 - will
be open Monday to Friday from 6 pm to 10 pm and from 1 pm to 6 pm on Saturday
Minister continued: "I would urge farmers to avail of the opportunity
afforded by the additional opening hours of my Department's lo-call number
helplines and the availability of experienced staff throughout the country and
resolve any queries prior to the submission of their application form. The resolution of such queries at this
stage will assist in the processing of such applications prior to payment later
in the year."
Coughlan concluded by reminding farmers to submit their 2007 applications by
the closing date of Friday, 4th May.