Fine Gael TD Jim Daly reminds farmers that the closing date under the 2012 Single Payment Scheme is Tuesday, 15 May 2012.

Fine Gael TD for Cork South West Jim Daly, today reminded farmers that the closing date for receipt of applications under the 2012 Single Payment Scheme is Tuesday 15 May. “It is vitally important that farmers ensure that they lodge their applications by this date, in order to avoid penalties that must be applied where applications are received late”, Deputy Daly said. “Given the significance of the Single Payment to farm income, it is imperative that farmers allow themselves enough time to complete the form accurately and make sure it’s submitted on time. We are obliged under EU rules to apply penalties where applications are received late. It is worth noting that 1,700 farmers were penalised in 2011 due to late application, resulting in a payment loss of €1.6m. These penalties can easily be avoided simply by ensuring that applications are submitted on time”.