Farmers get online to apply for CAP funding
MORE farmers are to be encouraged to apply online for CAP funding as part of a move to modernise the process and make it more efficient.
Farmers applying under the single application form (SAF) in 2018 will be offered more support to help them make the move online. This will include online guidance and one-toone appointments in an area office.
The move online forms part of the programme for government, which aims to maintain direct support for farmers and crofters at current levels, put the CAP payment system on a secure footing and complete full digitalisation of the application process for payments by 2020.
Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: ‘The drive to move online has been underway for several years and last year more farmers and crofters than ever chose to make their application online. This new focus forms a major part of our priority actions in the coming year to modernise and improve the service we provide our farmers.
‘For SAF 2018 we will be encouraging online take-up by the remaining paper customers and will be offering support to help them apply and manage their land information online.
‘Achieving this will reduce the time spent manually processing claims and checking and correcting errors, ultimately making the payment process more efficient and easier.
‘This in turn will provide farmers with more time to focus on the important business of farming.’