Laois Farmers received under a total of €47.5 million in grants in 2020.Of that figure almost €35 million was under the Basic Payment scheme (BPS). The BPS scheme is described as follows on the www.gov.ie site here:
“The Basic Payment Scheme is an income support paid to farmers. You are paid per hectare of eligible land used for farming.
The payment is not related to the output of the farm – it is based on the eligible hectares of land that you apply on and use and the number of entitlements held by the applicant. You must apply online for the payment once each year.”