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DAFM Update on 2023 Farm Scheme Payment Dates

Reminder to Farmers

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has written to Irish farmers, reminding them of the key 2023 payment dates for schemes under the new CAP. This reminder comes on the heels of a correspondence from the department earlier in the year, when farmers were advised that payments would be delayed by several weeks.

Response from Farming Organisations 

Some farming organisations have greeted news of these delays with consternation and they were a key point of contention at IFA protests held in recent weeks. Farming groups have called on the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine – Charlie McConalogue – to ensure that payments are issued on time.

Issue of payments 

The most recent correspondence from the Department suggests that payments will be issued on the revised dates. The letter, which most participating farmers received last week, advised that a “new and very different Common Agricultural Policy is being rolled out across the EU this year”.

The letter went on to address the delay in payments by pointing out that “new schemes require new administrative systems, new control arrangements and new IT systems”. According to the letter, the Department is well aware of the importance of advance payments to farmers, and is committed to meeting the earlier payment dates in 2024.

Area Monitoring Scheme

DAFM is urging farmers, or their advisors, to reply to all queries from the Department promptly, as this will help to facilitate timely processing of payments. Farmers are also advised to respond to any issues raised with respect to satellite farm inspections under the Area Monitoring Scheme. Applicants who have received a notification under this scheme will have until the 2nd of October 2023 to respond.

Payment dates

Scheduled dates for the first payment of the various schemes is provided in the table below:


Payment date for cleared cases

Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC)

Beginning 17 October 2023

BISS and Complementary Redistributive Income Support for Sustainability (CRISS)

Beginning 24 October 2023


Beginning 31 October 2023

Balancing payments for these schemes and the Complementary Income Support for Young Farmers (CISYF)

Beginning December 2023

Sheep Improvement Scheme (SIS)

Beginning 20 November 2023

National Dairy Beef Welfare Scheme

Beginning 4 December 2023

Protein Aid Scheme

Beginning 6 December 2023

Suckler Carbon Efficiency Programme (SCEP)

Beginning 11 December 2023

National Beef Welfare Scheme (NBWS)

Beginning 11 December 2023

Tillage Incentive Scheme (TIS)

Beginning 11 December 2023

Straw Incorporation Measure (SIM)

Beginning 13 December 2023