Farmers make switch from paper and apply for BPS online

BPS 2018 applications are due in the next two weeks - deadline 15 May
BPS 2018 applications are due in the next two weeks - deadline 15 May

The Rural Payments Agency has now received over 88 percent of BPS 2018 applications online, as farmers continue to make the switch from paper.

More than 35,000 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2018 applications have been submitted since the application window for the scheme opened on 13 March.

With two weeks to go until the deadline to submit applications, the RPA is continuing to encourage farmers to apply early to ensure their application is submitted in good time.

Farmers are also continuing to make the switch from paper to online, the RPA noted.

Farming Minister George Eustice said: "It is good to see more farmers submitting their applications online, with over 31,000 received so far.

"Applying online makes it easier to check and update personal and business details, as well as view and transfer land and entitlements.

"I would encourage the remaining farmers who have yet to submit their application to do so early and online, so that they can be certain the RPA will receive these ahead of the deadline."

Farmers and land managers need to submit their BPS applications in the next fortnight before midnight on 15 May, in order claim for their single farm payment for 2018.