Farm­ers are re­minded of dead­lines

The Oban Times - - Farming -

WITH less than a week left to com­plete 2017 Sin­gle Ap­pli­ca­tion Forms (SAF), NFU Scot­land is en­cour­ag­ing crofters and farm­ers to pri­ori­tise fill­ing out their forms be­fore the May 15 dead­line.

And for those look­ing to meet the green­ing re­quire­ments, the union is re­mind­ing them to in­clude the maps of their Eco­log­i­cal Fo­cus Ar­eas (EFA) with the ap­pli­ca­tion or risk sig­nif­i­cant dis­al­lowances.

NFU Scot­land’s Peter Log­gie said: ‘We can’t stress enough to those ap­ply­ing for green­ing the im­por­tance of in­clud­ing a map of your EFA with the ap­pli­ca­tion. That map is con­sid­ered a sup­port­ing doc­u­ment which must also be sub­mit­ted by the May 15 dead­line.

‘If the EFA map is miss­ing, the re­sult can be a to­tal loss of the whole green­ing el­e­ment.

‘In ad­di­tion, from this year, a penalty on top of that can be ap­plied, even if all EFA rules have been com­plied with fully on the ground.

‘We urge all ap­pli­cants to take this se­ri­ously. NFUS is aware of one mem­ber who may yet lose out on a sig­nif­i­cant part of their 2016 sup­port claim be­cause of their fail­ure to sup­ply EFA maps ap­pro­pri­ately last year.’

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