Only 5 Days Left To Submit 2018 Single Application

With 5 days remaining to the 15 May deadline for submitting the Single Application Form (SAF), the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs is urging farmers who have not yet taken any action, to act now and submit their Single Application without delay.

A DAERA spokesperson said: “The Single Application window closes at midnight on 15 May 2018 and our message to farmers is to make arrangements immediately to secure their 2018 Area-based Scheme payments and do not wait until the last few days.

“The online application service is available 24hrs a day, 7 days a week and will contain all your farm business information. Call our SAF Advisory Service on 0300 200 7848 or use the convenient webchat facility within the application. Our advisors are ready to help you with any queries about your application or the schemes.”

DAERA’s SAF Advisory Service is available Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, and will also be available for the next two weekends (5 & 6 May and 12 & 13 May) from 9am to 3pm.

If the SAF Advisor considers that you need further assistance, there may still be ‘one to one’ appointments available at your local DAERA Direct office where staff can help you complete your application. This is an appointment only service so you must ring the SAF Advisory Service to obtain an appointment slot. If you think you will require this help you should act immediately while appointments are available and don’t take any unnecessary risks.

There is also some availability for the ‘How to Complete Your Single Application’ workshops at CAFRE campuses in Enniskillen, Cookstown and Antrim, where you can learn how to complete your own application, with many farmers submitting their SAF on the night. Call 028 7131 9955 to check availability. This is an appointment only service, so make the call now and don’t miss out while places are available.

View video and guides on how to complete your application online.

Alternatively, you can use the services of an agent or trusted person that you know such as a relative or friend, who can be given online access to complete your application on your behalf. You will need to complete a form to nominate an authorised person if you have not previously done so. You can download this form from the DAERA website or your agent may provide this for you.

The deadline for submitting online Single Applications is midnight on Tuesday 15 May 2018. Applications received after this date will incur a penalty.