Basic Payment Scheme
Basic Payment Scheme provides farm businesses with a key income. It is important that your farm business submits a claim that is accurate and timely ensuring that you receive the full payment you are entitled to.
Gone are the days of a simple paper form, all BPS applications must now be completed and submitted online and we at Moule & Co as registered agents are able to assist you with all aspects of BPS from the initial registration of the land, through to the submission of the application and all that may go in-between.
To qualify for payments (which are based on farm size rather than stocking or cropping) farmers must:
- Be an ‘active farmer’
- Have eligible land at their disposal on the prescribed date in May of the scheme year
- Hold payment entitlements
- Meet the minimum claim size – 5 ha
- Complete and submit BPS forms by a set deadline (15th May)
- Comply with the new BPS rules regarding Greening
- Comply with Cross Compliance obligations
One of the key considerations for any claimant is greening. There are three key points to greening, all of which must be met:
- Permanent Grassland. A national level must be maintained – but most farmers won’t need to do anything differently to meet this rule.
- Crop Diversification. Also known as the ‘two or three crop rule’. If a farmer has 10ha or more of arable land (which includes temporary grassland) then they will have to meet this rule. Some exemptions are available.
- Ecological Focus Areas (EFA’s). If a farmer has 15ha or more of arable land, they will have to allocate 5% of that arable land as area or features which are ‘beneficial for the climate and the environment’.