The Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs offers several payments to farm businesses based on the land that they farm, or actions they take on their land. These payments are called ‘Area-based Schemes’ (ABS). ABS represent the largest payments made to farm businesses in Northern Ireland each year and play a key role in contributing to the Northern Ireland rural economy. ABS payments are made annually and must be applied for on the Single Application Form, which can be found here.
- Basic Payment Scheme;
- Protein Crops Scheme;
- Young Farmer’s Payment;
- Regional Reserve; and
- Environmental Farming Scheme.