The Department of Agriculture is reminding farmers of the impending deadline for applications under Scottish Derogation measure of the Basic Payments Scheme.

An online facility for accepting applications under the Scottish Derogation measure has been made available since April 1, 2015.

The closing date for this scheme is May 29, 2015.

The Department of Agriculture has also announced that a paper application for this scheme is now available on the Departments website

Persons who never held entitlements under the Single Payment Scheme but who actively farmed in 2013 in either the beef, dairy, sheep or arable sectors are eligible to receive an allocation of entitlements under the provision known as the Scottish Derogation.

Latest figures from the Department of Agriculture show that 100,448 applications to the Basic Payment Scheme have been made to date.

To date 68,997 online 2015 BPS applications have been received with a further 31,451 postal applications received.

Farmers are being reminded by Minister Simon Coveney that the date for receipt of applications under the 2015 Basic Payments Scheme (BPS) is May 29, 2015.

The deadline was extended by two weeks from May 15 to assist farmers and their advisors to prepare and submit BPS applications this year and to comply with additional requirements arising from implementation of the Greening Payment, the Minister said.