A new online entitlement register service is now available on DAERA Online Services, which allows farmers or their agents to view the number, type and value of all Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payment entitlements held by their farm business.

This new service will provide the most up-to-date information that DAERA holds on a farm business' 2015, 2016 and 2017 entitlement positions. The entitlement register for 2018 will also be available soon.

Projections until 2019

The information displayed will include the year and method by which the entitlements were established, as well as the projected value up to 2019.

Entitlements are what farmers use to get paid BPS each year. They are allocated to active farmers - but, give no automatic right to the payment. A farmer must claim his or her payment entitlements and declare an equivalent number of eligible hectares yearly. This is done through the single application and maps service on DAERA Online Services.

Entitlement transfers

Farmers can also choose to transfer entitlements through sale, gift or lease during the transfer application window announced each year by DAERA.

The new online Entitlement Register Service will display the farmer’s Entitlement Transfer ID which they will require if they wish to either transfer in or transfer out entitlements in 2018.

Farmers can access the online Entitlement Register now and the Entitlement Transfer Service (during the transfer application window) by logging onto DAERA Online Services at: www.daera-ni.gov.uk/onlineservices.

To keep up to date with information and announcements about new and improved services being provided by DAERA area-based schemes, farmers can opt in to receive information via emails and SMS texts.

This is available in the ‘My Details’ section on DAERA Online Services.