Eighty-eight pc of Welsh farmers to receive Single Payment

Eighty-eight pc of Welsh farmers to receive Single Payment
30th Nov 2011

 

EIGHTY-EIGHT per cent of Welsh farmers will receive their Single Payments on Thursday, the day the European Commission payment window opens.

 

Alun Davies, Deputy Minister for Agriculture, said 14,596 applications will have been processed for payment on December 1, with more than £214 million being paid into farmers’ bank accounts. This will surpass the performance of the previous two years.

Speaking at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair, at Llanelwedd, Mr Davies described the announcement as ‘excellent news for Welsh farmers’.

“This demonstrates the commitment of the Welsh Government to provide farmers with the best possible service and to ensure that farmers get their Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) direct payments as soon as possible in these difficult economic times. It is thanks to the dedication of staff in Rural Payments Wales that we are able to achieve this,” he said.

He said the remainder would be paid as soon as claim validation is completed. He said he expected more than 90 per cent of Welsh farmers to receive their payments by the end of December.

Scottish Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said 70 per cent of payments in Scotland would be made within the first 15 days of the payment window.

He said Scottish farmers would be able to view payment information online, up to seven days in advance of it going into their bank accounts. Scottish Beef Calf Scheme claimants will be able to view their payments online from next year and it will be rolled out to all schemes in the near future, he said.

“Even if you didn’t submit your application online, it’s not too late to benefit. Anyone who registers now will still be able to view their payment information,” he said.

In England, the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has been set a target by Defra of paying out 86 per cent of eligible claimants and 78 per cent of the 2011 Single Payment pot by the end of December.

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