Agri cli­mate scheme dead­line is ex­tended

The Oban Times - - Farming -

THE Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has ex­tended the ap­pli­ca­tion dead­line for the Agri-En­vi­ron­ment Cli­mate Scheme to May 2.

The £ 350 mil­lion fund will be avail­able be­tween 2015 and 2020 to ‘pro­mote land man­age­ment prac­tices which pro­tect and en­hance Scot­land’s mag­nif­i­cent nat­u­ral her­itage, im­prove wa­ter qual­ity, man­age flood risk and mit­i­gate and adapt to cli­mate change’.

Since launch­ing, 1,675 ap­pli­ca­tions have been ap­proved, com­mit­ting more than £101 mil­lion to ru­ral busi­nesses.

Ru­ral Sec­re­tary Fer­gus Ewing said: ‘It is vi­tal that we do all we can to mit­i­gate the po­ten­tial im­pact of the on­go­ing de­vel­op­ment of the CAP IT sys­tem.

‘ We are very fo­cused on fix­ing all on­go­ing is­sues and are mak­ing progress at de­liv­er­ing new IT func­tion­al­ity to sup­port fu­ture pay­ment pro­cesses. I know that is what stake­hold­ers and cus­tomers want, and that is what this gov­ern­ment is striv­ing hard to de­liver.

‘ While there is still a lot of hard work re­quired to achieve this, we also need the co- oper­a­tion of stake­hold­ers in keep­ing ad­di­tional de­mands on the IT side to a min­i­mum. My num­ber one pri­or­ity re­mains fix­ing the CAP pay­ment is­sues and I am de­ter­mined that the most farm­ers will re­ceive the ma­jor­ity of their CAP en­ti­tle­ment in ad­vance of the end of the pay­ment pe­riod.’

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